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Center for Dental Research Faculty

Center for Dental Research

The CDR was established in 1999 and seeks to fulfill Loma Linda University’s mission “to make man whole” through the following objectives:

  • Pursue the mission of Loma Linda University and the School of Dentistry.
  • Conduct high quality, funded research in dental, clinical, and the basic sciences.
  • Create an environment conducive to research for faculty and students of the School of Dentistry.
  • Provide education and guidance to faculty and students in the development of dental research expertise.


The Center for Dental Research (CDR) is staffed by a team of highly experienced and respected researchers who provide assistance and support to both faculty and student research.

CDR Research Faculty

  • Montry Suprono, DDS, MSD. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry; Director, Center for Dental Research
  • Yiming Li, DDS, MSD, PhD. Associate Dean for Research; Distinguished Professor, Restorative Dentistry (School of Dentistry) and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (School of Medicine)
  • So Ran Kwon, DDS, MS, PhD, MS. Professor, Dental Education Services; Director, Student Research
  • Wu Zhang, MD. Professor, Dental Education Services; Director, Research Services, Center for Dental Research
  • Roberto Savignano, MS, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Zhe Zhong, DDS, PhD. Assistant Professor, Dental Educational Services

Faculty with CDR Appointment

  • Ahmed Khocht, DDS, MSD. Professor, Periodontics
  • Dwight Rice, DDS. Professor, Oral Diagnosis, Radiology and Pathology
  • Thomas Rogers, DDS, MA. Professor, Dental Educational Services
  • Clyde Roggenkamp, MA, DDS, MSD, MPH. Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Shelley Withers, MS, RDH. Assistant Professor, Dental Hygiene

Faculty Conducting Research in Departments

  • Leif Bakland, DDS. Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Endodontics
  • Joseph Caruso, DDS, MS, MPH. Distinguished Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PhD. Professor; Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
  • Charles Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Distinguished Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Brian Goodacre, DDS, MSD. Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Alan Herford, DDS, MD. Professor and Chair, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Joseph Kan, DDS, MS. Professor, Implant Dentistry
  • Yoon Kim, DDS, MS Associate Professor, Periodontics
  • Jaime Lozada, DDS. Professor; Director, Advanced Education Program in Implant Dentistry
  • Mahmoud Torabinejad, DMD, MSD, PhD. Adjunct Professor, Endodontics

Adjunct Faculty

  • Sean Lee, DDS. Adjunct Professor, Restorative Dentistry
  • Rodrigo Viecilli, DDS, PhD. Adjunct Associate Professor, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Research Associates

  • Abu Ahmed, MS, PhD
  • Raydolfo Aprecio, OD, BS
  • Gina D. Roque-Torres, DDS, MSc, PhD

Visiting Scholars

  • Ai Tian, DDS. Associate Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Guiyang Medical University of Stomatology Guizhou, China
  • Yooseok Shin, DDS. Associate Professor of Conservative Dentistry, Yonsei University College of Dentistry, Seoul, Korea