College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Over fall semester, we had over 250 pre-dental students join us for DDS interviews, with the last interview day on November 16. These interviews play a vital role in students choosing Iowa, and truly, they are interviewing us just as much as we are interviewing them. We are already seeing the fruit of this hard work. Thank you to our admission team, our interviewers, and dental student volunteers for your commitment to making the Iowa interview experience one-of-a-kind. And perhaps most of all, thank you to our pre-dental students who took the time to learn about all that Iowa has to offer. DDS Admission decisions begin on December 15, 2022.  Cheers to our pre-dental students! ~Clark Stanford

Updates for December 2, 2022–December 8, 2022

Students participating in a poverty simulation

Developing empathy for patients experiencing poverty

In November, 84 dental students role-played the experiences of low-income patients as part of the College of Dentistry's annual poverty simulation. This simulation helps students develop cognitive and affective empathy which enhances their ability to plan treatments that patients can realistically implement.

Pedro Sanchez with Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan

Seminar in Dental Research

On Tuesday, November 15, Pedro Sanchez presented a seminar in dental research. He spoke about "Solving Rare Genetic Diseases, One Mutation at a Time: instructive examples from the clinic,” and he was hosted by Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan. 

Nick Kanellis with workshop participants

Improv your interview!

On November 17, the Iowa Practice Transitions Office hosted Improv for Your Interview with Nick Kanellis. The goal of the workshop was to build stage confidence and teach interview skills through improv.

Hiromi Saisho

The College of Dentistry welcomes Hiromi Saisho

Hiromi Saisho is a certified dental technician from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. She received her ceramist advanced education in 2012 from Master Ceramist School in Tokyo, Japan. She performed over 25000 prostheses; porcelain and composite restorations; and worked in one of the top dental labs in both Japan and Brazil.  Hiromi received her DDS in 2016 from San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru. She earned a Master of Science degree in Operative Dentistry in 2018 from Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná, Brazil. She then completed advanced graduated education 2021 in Prosthodontics at Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.  In October of 2022, she joined the Department of Family Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor and is dedicated to events that promote learning and support in the dental community. Hiromi is quadrilingual, speaking Spanish, Portuguese, English and Japanese.  In her free time, she likes to watch movies, take pictures, dance, and walk.

Taylor Van Zuiden

The College of Dentistry welcomes Taylor Van Zuiden

Taylor Van Zuiden is a new support services specialist in Clinic Administration and will be working at the front desk in Admissions. She is originally from Fulton, IL and is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa (December 2021), and she now resides here in Iowa City. She previously worked at the Dermatology Clinic at UIHC as a Clerk III. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and trying new local restaurants and coffee shops.

Ryan Jones' Review on Google

Kudos to you!

Ryan Jones' Review: "They understood my pain and helped get it taken care of before thanksgiving. This thanksgiving i am so thankful for the dentists here."


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Awotoye W, Mossey PA, Hetmanski JB, Gowans LJJ, Eshete MA, Adeyemo WL, Alade A, Zeng E, Adamson O, James O, Fashina A, Ogunlewe MO, Naicker T, Adeleke C, Busch T, Li M, Petrin A, Oladayo A, Kayali S, Olotu J, Sule V, Hassan M, Pape J, Aladenika ET, Donkor P, Arthur FKN, Obiri-Yeboah S, Sabbah DK, Agbenorku P, Ray D, Plange-Rhule G, Oti AA, Albokhari D, Sobreira N, Dunnwald M, Beaty TH, Taub M, Marazita ML, Adeyemo AA, Murray JC, Butali A. Damaging Mutations in AFDN Contribute to Risk of Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip With or Without Cleft Palate. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2022 Nov 16:10556656221135926. doi: 10.1177/10556656221135926. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36384317.

The research team conducted next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis of 130 nsCL ± P case-parent African trios to identify pathogenic variants that contribute to the risk of clefting. They replicated this analysis using whole-exome sequence data from a Brazilian nsCL ± P cohort. They discovered damaging mutations within the AFDN gene, a cell adhesion molecule (CAMs) that was previously shown to contribute to cleft palate in mice. This is the first report on the contribution of AFDN to the risk for nsCL ± P in humans. AFDN encodes AFADIN, an important CAM that forms calcium-independent complexes with nectins 1 and 4 (encoded by the genes PVRL1 and PVRL4). This discovery shows the power of NGS analysis of multiethnic cleft samples in combination with a computational approach in the understanding of the pathogenesis of nsCL ± P.

Lumen Ingersoll

Hawkeye History: Lumen Ingersoll

Luman Church Ingersoll (1823-1897) was the first dean of the State University of Iowa Dentistry Department, which opened in fall 1882 with fifteen students enrolled. Ingersoll served as the first dean of the department (recognized as the College of Dentistry in 1900) and as Dean of Dental Faculty from 1882 to 1888. During this time he was also professor of Dental Physiology and Pathology and Therapeutics. He wrote numerous articles relating to dental surgery, as well as one book, which was adopted as a text book at some schools. Ingersoll served as president of the Iowa State Dental Society in July 1875 and as secretary in March 1880. Ingersoll's address remained in Keokuk during his six years of service to SUI. Ingersoll resigned from his positions at the SUI Dentistry Department in 1888 following an investigation involving student complaints alleging inadequate instruction.


December 2, Oral Science PhD Defense: Jennifer Sukalski, "Peceived Social Status and Oral Health Outcomes: A New Determinant of Health?", mentored by Susan McKernan, N212 and via Zoom, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

December 8, Annual COD Winter Gathering, Dining Room, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

December 9, Derek Williamson, Collegewide Lunch and Learn: "How I Integrate Digital Technology into my Prosthodontic Practice," Galagan A, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

January 20, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, Maggiano’s Little Italy at Denver Pavillions, Denver, CO, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

February 24, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

May 5, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with IDA Annual Meeting, Cedar Rapids, IA, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Notes and Resources 

Filling Station Menu

M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Herky with Amanda Shoemaker, the director of alumni relations and continuing education.

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