Karin Nagasaki, DDS, graduated from Hiroshima University Faculty of Dentistry, Japan, in March 2015 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. She then finished two year residency training program in oral surgery at Hiroshima Red Cross and Atomic-bomb Survivors Hospital. She has been working as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology, NIAMS, since April 2017.
Small molecule screening can be used to identify candidate factors, especially genes and proteins, for use in promoting cementum mineralization and bone formation. Karin Nagasaki’s research focuses on investigating phenotypic effects on genetically engineered mice to define genes and proteins controlling health and disease of dental-oral-craniofacial (DOC) tissues, and signaling pathways of that candidate factors. These studies should lead to the development of effective local therapies for lost DOC tissues as a periodontal disease, trauma, and consequence of conditions.