Dr. George named Distinguished, Basic Life Sciences, Researcher of the Year
The University of Illinois at Chicago Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) announced recipients of the 2013 UIC Researcher of the Year awards. The honor recognizes efforts and commitment of researchers who demonstrate outstanding research achievements, advancing knowledge in their field of expertise.
The Distinguished Researcher award is given to five UIC researchers. The 2013 Distinguished award in the category of Basic Life Sciences is the College of dentistry’s Anne George, Ph.D., Allan G. Brodie Endowed Professor, Brodie Tooth Development Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory. Dr. George is an internationally renowned leader in the field of mineralized tissue research. Her revolutionary findings elucidating mechanisms by which mineralization of the extracellular matrix (ECM) occurs, also has widespread importance in biology, medicine, and engineering. She discovered DMP1, a key regulatory molecule that controls differentiation of the osteoblast (bone forming cells) and odontoblast (dentin forming cells) phenotype. Additionally, her research advances are leading to ways of regenerating oral tissues, including teeth, bone and the periodontium, as well as improving diagnostic methods used in clinical practice. Her research could one day revolutionize how cavities are filled (read more here).
Dr. George has received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from the University Paris Descartes and ongoing funding from the NIH.