Lab Alumni



Dr. Holliday

Sean Holliday, DDS, MS.  Sean was the Brodie Lab’s first student (2002 - 2004).  Inspired by discussions with senior Orthodontics faculty member Bernie Schneider, he and Dr. Diekwisch revisited the model system of the un-opposed molar, resulting in two publications.  Sean received a total of six awards for his work from societies such as the Chicago Odontographic Society and the American Association of Orthodontists.  After graduating with a Master of Science in Oral Sciences and a Certificate in Orthodontics, Sean moved with his family to Hawaii to open an orthodontic practice.


Xinping Wang, DVM, Ph.D.  Xinping worked in the Brodie Lab from 2002 until 2005 as a Research Assistant Professor.  Xinping was interested in questions related to amelogenin evolution in reptiles and amphibians and published some of the very first amphibian amelogenin sequences.  He extensively characterized the amelogenin protein in the frog Rana pipiens (Wang et al. 2005, Diekwisch et al. 2006) and published the first Iguana amelogenin sequence (Wang et al. 2006).  His work in the Brodie lab also resulted in the first report of amelogenin alternative splicing in amphibians, using the North American Red Back Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) as a model (Diekwisch et al. 2010, Wang et al. 2013).  Altogether, he published five papers with us, three of them as first author.  Xinping became a full professor at Jilin University in 2009. 


Dr. Galang

Maria Therese Galang, DDS, MS.  Therese was a Masters student in the Brodie lab prior to and during her Orthodontic residence from 2002/2003 until 2006.  She received the first prize at the 2003 AADR/IADR Young Investigators Competition.  After graduation, Dr. Galang became an Assistant Professor in the UIC Department of Orthodontics.


Dr. Dangaria

Smit Jayant Dangaria, MS, Ph.D.  Smit came to our lab as a student in the UIC Department of Bioengineering.  He worked in the Brodie lab from 2005 until 2011, completing both his Masters and his Ph.D., and spending a final year as a postdoctoral fellow.  Together with Dr. Diekwisch, Smit focused on the periodontal stem cell and tissue engineering projects.  This work resulted in a total of 18 publications, making him the most successful student in our group.  Among these were four first-author publications in prestigious journals such as Bone as well as Stem Cells and Development.  Smit is now a dental student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles/CA. 


Tianquan Jin

Tianquan Jin, Ph.D.  Tianquan joined the Brodie Lab after working with fellow faculty member Dr. Jianxun Li for several years.  Together with collaborator Dr. Xiubei Liao, he became very involved in studying the three-dimensional NMR structure of amelogenins.  His paper related to the unusual compaction of amelogenin nanospheres with high proline content and their impact on enamel crystal growth during vertebrate evolution earned him a first authorship on a PLoS Biology paper (Jin et al. 2009).  So far, two of his papers have been published and another two will be completed within the next year.  Today, Dr. Jin is a Vice President at Biocytogen, LLC, in Worcester, MA. 


Marcella K. Schmidt, MS.  Marcella was a Bioengineering Masters student in the Brodie lab from 2004-2006.  She worked on questions related to enamel proteins in development and on periodontal tissue engineering, resulting in two papers from our lab.  She is currently conducting Ph.D. studies with Dr. Eric Brey at IIT.  


Dr. Walker

Cameron Walker, DDS, MS, Ph.D.  Cameron graduated as UIC’s first D.D.S./Ph.D. student, after defending his Ph.D. thesis on “Tissue Remodeling and Factors Governing Tooth Movement” in 2009.  He has authored or co-authored a total of five papers in the Brodie lab, including a key paper entitled "Osteopontin is required for unloading-induced osteoclast recruitment and modulation of RANKL expression during tooth drift-associated bone remodeling, but Not for super-eruption", which was published in the journal BONE.  Throughout his time in the lab, Cameron has won a total of twelve awards, including a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein F30 Fellowship award, an award from the Chicago Odontographic society, the Dr. Harry Saxon Scholarship award, the IADR Craniofacial Biology Sarnat award, and the Hinman student research award.  Dr. Walker received his Orthodontics specialty training at the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Orthodontics.  He is now an adjunct faculty member in the UMKC Department of Orthodontics.


Dr. Atsawasuwan

Phimon Atsawasuwan, DDS, MSc, MSc, MS, Ph.D.  Phimon came to the Brodie lab from Dr. Mitsuo Yamauchi's lab at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, where he became an expert in collagen and bone biology.  When he worked in the Brodie lab during his Orthodontic residency from 2009-2011, he decided to study the role of enamel proteins in bones and sutures under the mentorship of Dr. Luan.  His work resulted in four papers published in prestigious journals such as Bone and the Journal of Dental Research.  His PLoS ONE paper "Ameloblastin inhibits cranial suture closure by modulating MSX2 expression and proliferation" establishes the mechanism by which enamel proteins affect craniofacial growth.  Based on his work, Phimon received the Thomas M. Graber Award of Special Merit and the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award.  He is now an Assistant Professor in the UIC Department of Orthodontics. 


Youbin Zhang, Ph.D.  Youbin worked in the Brodie Lab as a Research Assistant Professor from 2009-2011.  He published two papers with us, including a first author paper on the role of ameloblastin in cell attachment and proliferation mediated through RhoA and p27 (Zhang et al. 2011).   Youbin came from Dr. Chiayeng Wang's lab and continued to work in our Department in the lab of Dr. Anne George. 


Caryn Reizl Ayarzagoitia, DDS.  Caryn joined our lab in 2009 as an undergraduate student from the UIC Department of Biology.  She worked on the Clathrin project and presented her work at the 2010 AADR conference in Washington DC.  Her research won her a first prize at the 2010 UIC College of Dentistry Clinic and Research Day.  Following her studies in our lab, she was accepted as a dental student at UIC College of Dentistry and just graduated from here with a DDS (2014).  


Xu Zhang, Ph.D.  Xu worked in the Brodie Lab as a postdoctoral fellow from 2010 until 2011 with a focus on enamel protein structure and function.  He completed our extensive structural characterization of the major enamel protein amelogenin (Zhang et al. 2011a) and worked on ameloblastin structure and function (Zhang et al. 2011b).  In 2011, Xu became a Full Professor at Yancheng Teachers University, College of Life Science and Technology). 


Shuang Pan, DDS, Ph.D.  Shuang came to the Brodie Lab as an Assistant Professor of Endodontics at Harbin University and worked in the lab from 2011 until 2012.  During the year she stayed in our lab, she worked on the stem cell factor SCF and published a paper entitled "SCF promotes dental pulp progenitor migration, neovascularization, and collagen remodeling – potential applications as a homing factor in pulp regeneration" in the journal Stem Cell Reviews and Reports.  Upon her return to Harbin University, Shuang became an Associate Professor of Endodontics. 


Dr. Li

Qi Li, DDS, Ph.D.  Liz worked in the Brodie Lab as part of a joint DDS/Ph.D. program in Oral Biology and Implantology together with Jilin University (2011-2013). During her time in Chicago, she worked on studies related to the role of PRF in craniofacial regeneration.  She published two papers, one entitled “Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) promotes periodontal regeneration and enhances alveolar bone augmentation” in the Journal Biomedical Research International and a second paper entitled "Lyophilized Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) promotes craniofacial bone regeneration Runx2" in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.  She is now a faculty member at the Inner Mongolia Medical University in Hohhot, China. 


Dr. Reed

David A. Reed, PhD. joined the Brodie Lab after graduating from the University of Chicago Department of Organismal Biology (mentor: Dr. Callum Ross).  He spent three years in the Brodie lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow working on questions related to the evolution of the jaw apparatus, and then became a faculty member in the UIC Department of Oral Biology in 2013.


Min Liu, DDS.  Min came to the Brodie lab as a Ph.D. student from Jilin University (2013-2014).  She worked on questions related to mosasaur tooth replacement.  Min's work is still ongoing. 


Xiulin Yan, DDS, Ph.D.  Xiulin was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Orthodontics and in the Brodie lab (2013-2014).  Xiulin worked on questions of ameloblastin function in non-enamel tissues.  Her work is still ongoing. 


Yelin Mao, DDS.  Yelin was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Orthodontics and in the Brodie lab (2013-2014).  Yelin has been working on the unique chewing apparatus of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus and submitted a first author paper.


Giancarlo Cecchini.  Giancarlo came to the Brodie Lab as a pre-dental student from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT, Andrew Howard, mentor).  His presentation on tooth eruption in the ancient Mosasaur Clidastes won him a first prize at UIC College of Dentistry Clinic and Research Day.  Following his work in the Brodie Lab, Giancarlo received offers from a number of dental schools for his dental training.  He chose Midwestern University as his future dental school and will be starting in the fall of 2014. 


Xuanyu Lu, DDS, Ph.D.  Xuanyu became Dr. Luan's first Ph.D. student (2009).  When he graduated in 2014, Xuanyu had published five papers on ameloblastin function in development, two of them as first author.  In these papers, Xuanyu has characterized the role of the ameloblastin extracellular matrix proteins in a number of tissues, including enamel, periodontal ligament, and bone (Atsawasuwan et al. 2013a,b; Lu et al. 2013; Lu et al. 2011, Zhang et al. 2011).  He is currently completing postdoctoral studies.