With over 20 years of research and dental education experience, CDM faculty member Dr. Jill Lewis has mentored dozens of pre-doctoral, MS and PhD students and was a welcome addition to our college when she arrived in 2012.
Last week we were informed and are excited to announce Dr. Lewis has been awarded an intramural grant from the WesternU Research Committee in the amount of $40,000. The title of her winning proposal is, “Dental Curing Light Therapy Modulates Inflammation via Nrf2 Signaling.” In her research, Dr. Lewis was able to observe blue light has an anti-inflammatory effect on the secretion of cytokines from monocytes in cell culture. The goal of her project is to understand the mechanism behind this anti-inflammatory response and to test whether or not the same response is observed in an animal model of inflammation. Dr. Lewis will begin work on her research July 1st, 2013, when the grant commences.