REASEARCH GOALS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ORTHODONTICS
The research goals of the Division of orthodontics in general are to study the effects of orthodontic appliances on the dental, oral and facial structures and to develop and apply innovative therapy to enhance the quality of the treatment result while protecting the dentition and the facial structures.
The Division of Orthodontics has an ongoing study to determine whether levels of C-reactive protein and other normal components of blood change during the first six months of orthodontic treatment. Such increases are associated with inflammation, and the results of the study will be used to determine if changes are necessary in standard orthodontic treatment.
Additional studies include investigation of the causes of root resorption which is frequently observed during or after treatment and which may affect tooth longevity.
LABORATORY OF TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
DIVISION OF ORTHODONTICS
Director, Dr. Jeremy Mao
The Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory (http://dental.columbia.edu/tel/research.html) is part of the Division of Orthodontics. Its focus is stem cell research and tissue engineering, nanobiology, and mechanobiological regulation of skeletal growth. Relying on a team of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students (MS and PhD) and undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds, its mission is the discovery of the natural development of cells and tissues, and to the engineering of cells, tissues and organs to benefit the well-being of humanity.