Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology

Center Resources

The Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology provides infrastructure to facilitate research in the following areas:

  • Administrative Support
  • Clinical Research Facility
  • Core Research Facilities

The Center's business manager, Angelique Smith, MBA, is available to assist investigators in creating budgets for grant proposals. The business manager also assists investigators in administering their funds.

Angelique Smith, email asmit3@lsuhsc.edu or call 504-941-8321.

The Center’s Clinical Research Facilities are currently housed in the LSUSD Annex  Building with active trials being conducted in the dental clinics and surrounding offices.

 The current ongoing clinical trials at LSUSD are supported by two Clinical Study Coordinators: Ms. Kelly Treas, RDH and Ms. Ashley Sankey, MS (Tulane University - LA CaTS Clinical Translational Unit).  Chairside clinical activities are facilitated by certified dental assistant Ms. Lori Keen, CDA.

The Center Core Facilities are centralized research facilities that house major equipment for research, including microscopy, molecular biology and biomaterials equipment.

The Biomedical Equipment Core Facility is led by Dr. Thomas Lallier (tlalli@lsuhsc.edu)

The Biomaterials Equipment Core Facility is led by Dr. Xiaoming Xu (xxu@lsuhsc.edu)


The Center coordinates all research activities (i.e., seminars, Research Day, Grant-Seeker Sessions and Lunch and Share sessions) For information on any of these events, please contact the Center office at 504-941-8321.

The Dental School representative on the Institutional Review Board(IRB) is Dr. Pooja Maney, Associate Professor, Dept. of Periodontics.  The Dental School representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee(IACUC) is Dr. Mairi Noverr, Professor, Dept. of Prosthodontics

Additional Resources

Faculty Pilot Grant Program

Faculty interested in initiating research projects can apply for Pilot Grant funding through the Center of Excellence.  Funds up to $10,000 may be awarded following submission, review and several consulting sessions with mentors.

       • Program Overview and Guidelines
       • Program Overview Presentation
       • Proposal Submission Template

   Center of Excellence in Oral & Craniofacial Biology - General Information
   IBC Forms Video
   IRB Forms Video
   IRB Checklist
   Research Checklist
   Preparing the NIH RPPR
   Statistical Core Guidelines  

The LSU School of Dentistry is partnering with the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center, an NIH funded Center between LSUHSC, Tulane Medical Center, and Pennington Biomedical Research Center, to promote clinical research in the state of Louisiana. LA CaTS provides several research resources available to faculty.  www.LACaTS.org

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