UIC College of Dentistry Virtual microRNA Symposium  noncoding RNA biology
Aug 17 to Aug 18
August 17, 2020 1:00 pm to August 18, 2020 5:00 pm

UIC College of Dentistry’s Office of Research is hosting the first virtual microRNA Symposium on August 17th-18th 2020

Office of Research at UIC’s College of Dentistry are hosting the first Virtual Pain and Sleep Symposium on August 17th & 18th 2020. This symposium is targeted at researchers who are interested in microRNA and (noncoding RNA) biology.

The event is free of charge and is being hosted virtual using Zoom video conferencing. 

Objective of the Symposium: To facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers performing microRNA research within UIC and other universities.

Zoom Link:

Day-1 (Monday August 17th 2020): https://uic.zoom.us/j/91597615272?pwd=amZBUjNpR0paY0x4V3dlQzJkVU5PUT09

Day-2 (Tuesday August 18th 2020): https://uic.zoom.us/j/91597615272?pwd=amZBUjNpR0paY0x4V3dlQzJkVU5PUT09



Monday August 17th 2020

Welcome Remarks

1.00 – 1.10 pm

Afsar Naqvi

Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics,

College of Dentistry, UIC


Session 1

1.15 – 1.40 pm

Salvador Nares

Professor, Department Head, Periodontics,

College of Dentistry, UIC

“To be Decided”


1.45 – 2.10 pm

Larissa Nonn

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies,

College of Medicine, UIC

MicroRNAs And Prostate Cancer: Biomarkers And Mediators Of Disease


2.15 – 2.40 pm

Sriram Ravindran

Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology,

College of Dentistry, UIC

Engineered Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Exosomes For Bone Repair: Role Of Exosomal MiRNA


2.45 – 3.00 pm


Session 2


3.00 – 3.25 pm

Yang Dai

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering,

College of Engineering/College of Medicine, UIC

Computational Identification of Transcription Factors and microRNAs as Key Regulators of Pathways


3.30 – 3.55 pm

Phimon Atsawasuwan

Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics,

College of Dentistry, UIC

Extracellular MicroRNA Expression In Gingival Crevicular Fluid During Tooth Movement


4.00 – 4.25 pm

Sang Ging Ong

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Medicine, College of Medicine, UIC

The role of long non-coding RNAs in cardio-oncology


4.30 – 5.00 pm

Faculty Discussion




Tuesday August 18th 2020

Session 1

1.00 – 1.25 pm

Asma Khan

Associate Professor, Department of Endodontics,

College of Dentistry, UIC

“MicroRNAs in Odontogenic Pain”


1.30 – 1.55 pm

Steven Roth

Professor, Michael Reese Endowed Professor of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, UIC

MicroRNAs, Exosomes, And Retinal Neuroprotection


2.00 – 2.25 pm

Lyndon Cooper

Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Department Head, Oral Biology, College of Dentistry, UIC

Macrophage Exosome-Mediated Control Of Bone Regeneration


2.30 – 2.45 pm


Session 2


2.45 – 3.10 pm

Joel Shwartz

Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences,

College of Dentistry, UIC

“Clinical Associations of miRNA”


3.15 – 3.40 pm

Guy Adami

Associate Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, UIC

Noninvasive Oral Epithelial MiRNA Assessment, Cancer And Cancer Prevention


3.45 – 4.10 pm

Afsar Naqvi

Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics,

College of Dentistry, UIC

Immunomodulatory Role of Human Herpesvirus-Encoded MicroRNA in Oral Diseases


4.15 – 4.45 pm



4.45 – 5.00 pm

Concluding Remarks (Afsar Naqvi & Lyndon Cooper)



IPDC Leadership meeting
Aug 07
August 07, 2020 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
VIRTUAL UIC College of Dentistry

The 2020 Fall Illinois Predental Consortium (IPDC) Leadership meeting is an opportunity for Predental Club leaders from the Chicagoland area to gather, network, exchange ideas and learn about the Dental profession.  Dean Stanford will share a presentation of "Covid and the Impact on the Dental Profession."  Studnets will also exchange ideas about how they are navigating the new virtual world with club membership as well as their goals for the new schoolyear.  This is a closed meeting.