I am currently a professor in the Department of Oral Biology at the University at Buffalo. Previously, I was a professor and Founding Chair of the Department Oral Health Sciences at the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, where I was also the Sr. Associate Dean for Research and Director for the MUSC Center for Oral Health Research. I completed my Certificate in Periodontology and earned my PhD in Oral Biology at the University at Buffalo and was a tenured associate professor at the University of Michigan. I have been the principal investigator in several grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental Research (NIH/NIDCR) focused on understanding immune signaling involved inflammatory periodontal bone loss and oral cancer progression. I have received numerous awards and honors throughout my career, including the Tarrson Fellowship Career Development Award from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award, the Sunstar Fellowship Research Award from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, and the two-time recipient of the IADR/GSK Innovation in Oral Care Award.