Scientific Review Committee

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R. Gilbert Triplett, DDS, PhD, Chairman, Scientific Review Committee

committee-triplettDr. Triplett, who is the Vice-Chair at Texas A&M/Baylor, is the assistant editor of the only textbook ever written on the topic of war injuries to the head and neck region. He was recruited by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to join their Faculty in 1984. In 1991, he was named Chairman of the Baylor College of Dentistry Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, which subsequently merged with the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Triplett's areas of research interest are in the areas of bone physiology, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, head and neck infection, maxillofacial trauma, dental implants, guided tissue regeneration, and microneurosurgery. He currently has two funded grants to address sinus floor augmentation, dental implants and immediate implant placement.


Ghali Ghali, DDS, MD

committee-ghaliDr. Ghali is professor and Chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport Health Sciences Center where he holds the Jack W.  Gamble Chair in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is director of the cleft and craniofacial surgery fellowship program.  He is also the senior partner in WK/University Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Willis-Knighton South.

Dr. Ghali's area of specialty is pediatric patients that have  craniofacial deformities in their face and skull and cleft lip and palate deformities.

Anh Le, DDS, PhD


Dr. Le is the Chair and Norman Vine Endowed Professor of Oral Rehabilitation at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on investigating mesenchymal stem cells from adult oral tissues. Together with collaborators, she isolated and characterized adult stem cells from gingival tissue—a discovery she patented while at USC. Studying those stem cells further, Dr. Le proposed a new mechanism by which they might aid in wound healing; they proposed that the stem cells may modify the environment of the wound. This new concept, that stem cells are the conductors rather than the musicians in the orchestra of wound repair, earned Dr. Le and her colleagues NIH funding and a wealth of new avenues of research to explore, all aimed at regenerating missing craniofacial tissue.

Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, PhD

committee-maoDr. Jeremy Mao is the Edwin S. Robinson Professor of Dentistry and the Co-Director of the Center for  Craniofacial Regeneration at Columbia University. Dr.  Mao has published over 200 scientific articles, proceedings, book chapters and books. Dr. Mao’s  laboratory has trained dozens of scientists and clinicians that are in academia, industry and  government. Dr. Mao’s research group is currently funded by NIH and other grants in the areas of stem cell biology, tissue engineering and wound healing. His research interests include Stem cells, tooth regeneration, cartilage regeneration, bone regeneration, wound healing, biomaterials, orthodontic tooth movement, TMJ, ligament/tendon regeneration, adipose tissue, and dermal fibroblasts.


Robert E. Guldberg, PhD

Robert E. Guldberg is the Parker H. Petit Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience. He is a Professor in the Georgiacommittee guldberg Institute of Technology's Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Georgia Tech/Emory Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Guldberg received all of his degrees from the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering and bioengineering and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular biology. His research program is focused on musculoskeletal growth and development, regeneration of limb function following traumatic injury, degenerative diseases such as skeletal fragility and osteoarthritis, and novel orthopaedic devices. Dr. Guldberg has advised 48 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students over the past 20 years and published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. In 2009, Dr. Guldberg was appointed Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB) ( He serves on numerous advisory and editorial boards and has held several national leadership positions, including most recently President of the Americas Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM). Dr. Guldberg is a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta research scholar and has been elected a Fellow of TERMIS, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Sean P. Edwards, DDS, MD, FRCD(C), FACS

sean edwardsClinical Associate Professor of Dentistry, Associate Professor of Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Hospital Dentistry
Dr. Edwards received his dental degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then came to the University of Michigan where he completed his medical degree and residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He then completed fellowship training in pediatric cleft and craniofacial surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. A second fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery and microvascular surgery brought him back to the University of Michigan where he has since remained as faculty. Professionally, Dr. Edwards is the Chief of Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the residency program director. His research has focused on cleft and craniofacial care and sleep disorders, their genesis and treatment. Dr. Edwards serves on many regional, national and international committees, has served as a section editor for the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and reviews for many journals.

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