A significant part of my research has been devoted to preventive dentistry. I strive to be a catalyst for improved oral health at the individual level, which I believe is the key to eliminating tooth decay, the single most preventable disease affecting mankind.
I earned a BS in Physics and PhD in Chemical Physics, hold several patents, and have published in multiple fields including dentistry, chemistry, and materials science. My lifelong struggles with my own dental decay ultimately inspired me to investigate the remineralization of teeth. After a faculty appointment at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, I made an entrepreneurial leap and, in collaboration with a legend in fluoride research, founded Indiana Nanotech, LLC in order to progress my remineralization discoveries. As a Principal Investigator, I have procured significant, competitive grant funding from federal and state agencies, including the US National Institutes of Health. Also supported through tremendous collaborations and partnerships, my tooth-strengthening inventions are found in several successful 3M Oral Care dental products worldwide.