Phimon Atsawasuwan, DDS, MSc, MSc, MS, PhD
phone
(312) 355-4798
location
College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina Street
Chicago
IL
60612
  • Phimon
  • Atsawasuwan
  • DDS, MSc, MSc, MS, PhD
  • Associate Professor
Department:
Research Focus:
  • Developmental/Craniofacial Biology
    Periodontal Disease
    Wound Healing

Biographic Summary

Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Diplomate for the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Atsawasuwan began his education at the Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (1993), Certificate in Clinical Science - Periodontology (1995) and M.S. in Periodontology (1996). He continued his education at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, England where he received his M.S. in Periodontology (1997). Dr. Atsawasuwan went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to complete his Ph.D. in Oral Biology (2008) and his postdoctoral degree in Biochemistry (2003). At the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Atsawasuwan received his M.S. in Oral Sciences (2011) and his Certificate in Orthodontics (2011).

Dr. Atsawasuwan was a President of American Association of Dental Research, Chicago section and maintains his role as a Treasurer of American Association of Dental Research, Chicago section. Currently he is an active member of International/American Association of Dental Research, American Association of Orthodontists, Angle Society of Orthodontists, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics, American Dental Education Association, Society of Orthodontic Educators, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, Illinois Society of Orthodontists. He received a prestigious Thomas M. Graber award of Special Merit from American Association of Orthodontists in 2011. He is invited to present his scholarly work and presentation at many domestic and international scientific and orthodontic conferences. He has been teaching and mentoring undergraduate, dental and post-graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2011 and one of his post-graduate students received a prestigious Milo-Hellman Award from American Association of Orthodontist in 2017. 

Dr. Atsawasuwan’s research interest is emphasized on accelerated tooth movement, craniofacial/bone biology and advances in orthodontic treatment. His research involves clinical research, bench-top molecular biology research, cell culture and animal research. He has received numerous research funds from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Association of Orthodontist Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago and many private organizations. He is a notable author and has published an extensive list of research articles and case reports in several peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as an editorial board and a reviewer for many scientific peer-reviewed scientific and orthodontic journals.

Dr. Atsawasuwan’s ultimate goal is to improve a patients' dental and jaw relationship with evidence-based orthodontic treatments and mentor his students to become orthodontists with excellent clinical skills and knowledge. His research goal is to discover a novel approach in orthodontic treatment and eventually advance orthodontic care.

Scholarly Interests

Bone and craniofacial biology, tooth development, accelerated orthodontics, mechanism of tooth movement, laser, animal models.

Research Interests

Dr. Atsawasuwan’s research interest is emphasized on accelerated tooth movement, craniofacial/bone biology and advances in orthodontic treatment. His research involves clinical research, bench-top molecular biology research, cell culture and animal research. He has received numerous research funds from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the American Association of Orthodontist Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago and many private organizations. He is a notable author and has published an extensive list of research articles and case reports in several peer-reviewed journals. He also serves as an editorial board and a reviewer for many scientific peer-reviewed scientific and orthodontic journals.

Publications

1. Atsawasuwan P, Chen Y, Kanjawalla K, Oubaidin M, Kelling A, Evans CA.  Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment Impedes Tooth Movement in Rats. ORTHOD CRANIOFAC RES 2017 (submitted).

2. Atsawasuwan P, Oubaidin M, Dalal B, Khan H, Mohammed A. Calvarial Bone Development and Suture Closure in Dicer Deficient Mice. ORTHOD CRANIOFAC RES 2017 (Accepted). 

3. Luan X, Zhou X, Trombetta-eSilva J, Francis M, Gaharwar AK, Atsawasuwan P, Diekwisch TG. MicroRNAs and Peridodontal Homeostasis. J DENT RES 2017 Jan 1:22034516685711. doi: 10.1177/0022034516685711. 

4. Manasse R., Atsawasuwan P., Conroy C. Treatment of Labially Impacted Upper Central Incisors. J CLIN ORTHOD 2015 Nov;49(11):701-710.

5. Chen Y, Mohammed A, Oubaidin M, Evans C.A., Zhou X., Luan X, Diekwisch T.G., Atsawasuwan P. Cyclic Stretch and Compression Forces Alter MicroRNA-29 Expression of Human Periodontal Ligament Cells. GENE 2015 July: 566(1): 13-17 doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2015.03.055.

6. Atsawasuwan P., Hohlt W., Evans C.A. Non-surgical Approach of Class I Openbite Malocclusion with Extrusion Mechanics: A 3-year Retention Case Report. AMER J ORTHOD DENT ORTHOP 2015 Apr: 147(4):499-508 doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2014.04.024

7. Gopinathan G, Jin T, Liu M, Li S, Atsawasuwan P, Galang MT, Allen M, Luan X, Diekwisch TG.  The Expanded Amelogenin Poluproline Region Preferentially Binds to Apatite Versus Carbonate and Promotes Apatite Crystal Elongation. FRONT PHYSIOL 2014 Nov 11;5:430. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2014.00430. eCollection 2014. 

8. Atsawasuwan P., Lu X, Ito Y., Chen Y., Evans C.A., Kulkarni A.B., Gibson C.W., Luan X., Diekwisch T.G.H. Expression and Function of Enamel-related Gene Products in Calvarial Development. J DENT RES 2013 Jul;92(7):622-8. PMID: 23625374

9. Atsawasuwan P., Lu X., Ito Y., Evans C.A., Luan X. Ameloblastin Inhibits Cranial Suture Closure by Modulating MSX2 Expression and Proliferation. PLoS ONE 2013 Apr 4;8(4):e52800. PMID: 23593111. PMCID: PMC3617155.

10. Lu X, Ito Y, Atsawasuwan P, Dangaria S, Yan X, Wu T, Evans CA, Luan X. Ameloblastin Modulates Osteoclastogenesis through the Integrin/ERK Pathway. BONE 2013 May;54(1):157-68. PMID: 23385480.

11. Zhang Y., Zhang X., Lu X., Atsawasuwan P., Luan X. Ameloblastin Regulates Cell Attachment and Proliferation through Rho A and p27. EUR J ORAL SCI 2011; 119 (Suppl. 1): 280-5. PMID: 22243257. PMCID: PMC3402544.

12. Mochida Y., Kaku M., Yoshida K., Katafuchi M., Atsawasuwan P., Yamauchi M. Podocan-like Protein: A Novel Small Leucine-rich Repeat Matrix Protein in Bone. BIOCHEM BIOPHYS RES COMMUN 2011; 410 (2): 333-8. PMID: 21672516.  PMCID: PMC3159388.

13. Atsawasuwan P., Yoshiyuki M., Katafuchi M., Tokutomi K., Mocanu V., Parker C.E., Yamauchi M. A Novel Proteolytic Processing of Prolysyl Oxidase. CONNECT TISS RES 2011; 52 (6), 479-86. PMID: 21591931. PMCID: PMC3499975.

14. Promklay A., Fuangtharnthip P., Surarit R., Atsawasuwan P. Response of Dental Pulp Cells to Er:YAG Irradiation. PHOTOMED LASER SURG 2010; 28 (6): 793-9. PMID: 20969442.

15. Mochida Y., Parisuthiman D., Pornprasertsuk-Damrongsri S., Atsawasuwan P., Sricholpech M., Boskey AL., Yamauchi M. Decorin Modulates Collagen Matrix Assembly and Mineralization. MATRIX BIOL 2009; 28 (1): 44-52. PMID: 19049867. PMCID: PMC2650102.

16. Atsawasuwan P., Mochida Y., Katafuchi M., Fong S.K., Csiszar K., Kaku M., Yamauchi M. Lysyl Oxidase Binds Transforming Growth Factor-β and Regulates Its Signaling via Amine Oxidase Activity. J BIOL CHEM 2008; 283 (49): 34229–34240. PMID: 18835815. PMCID: PMC2590693

17. Tokutomi K., Matsuura T., Atsawasuwan P., Sato H., Yamauchi M. Characterization of Mandibular Bones in Senile Osteoporotic Mice. CONNECT TISS RES 2008; 49 (5): 361-6. PMID: 18991089

18. Nagaoka H., Mochida Y., Atsawasuwan P., Kaku M., Kondoh T., Yamauchi M. 1,25(OH)2D3 Regulates Collagen Quality in an Osteoblastic Cell Culture System. BIOCHEM BIOPHYS RES COMMUN 2008 Dec 12; 377(2): 674-8. PMID: 18930711

19. Verdelis K., Lukashova L., Yamauchi M., Atsawasuwan P., Wright J.T., Peterson M.G., Jha D., Boskey A.L. Change in Matrix Phosphorylation During Bovine Dentine Development. EUR J ORAL SCI 2007 AUG; 115 (4): 296-302. PMID: 17697169 PMCID: PMC2288704

20. Kaku M., Mochida Y., Atsawasuwan P., Parisuthiman D., Yamauchi M.  Post-translational Modifications of Collagen upon BMP Induced Osteoblast Differentiation. BIOCHEM BIOPHYS RES COMMUN 2007 AUG; 359 (3): 463-8. PMID: 17553463 PMCID: PMC1994940

21. Katafuchi M., Matsuura T., Atsawasuwan P., Sato H., Yamauchi M. Biochemical Characterization of Collagen in Alveolar Mucosa and Attached Gingival of Pig. CONNECT TISS RES 2007 MAR; 48 (2): 85-92. PMID: 17453910

22. Wright J.T., Daly B., Simmons D., Hong S., Hart S.P., Hart T.C., Atsawasuwan P., Yamauchi M. Human Enamel Phenotype Associated with Amelogenesis Imperfecta and a Kallikrien-4 (g.2142G>A) Proteinase Mutation. EUR J ORAL SCI 2006 MAY; 114 SUPPL 1: 13-7. PMID: 16674656

23. Christner P.J., Gentiletti J., Peters J., Ball S.T., Yamauchi M., Atsawasuwan P., Beason D.P., Soslowsky L.J., Birk D.E. Collagen Dysregulation in the Dermis of the Sagg/+ mouse: A Loose Skin Model. J INVEST DERMATOL 2006 MAR; 126(3) : 595-602. PMID: 16424879.

24. Walker L.C., Overstreet M.A., Siddiqui A., De Paepe A., Ceylaner G., Malfait F., Symoens S., Atsawasuwan P., Yamauchi M., Ceylaner S., Bank R.A., Yeowell H.N. A Novel Mutation in the Lysyl Hydroxylase 1 Gene Causes Decreased Lysyl Hydroxylase Activity in an Ehlers-Danlos VIA Patient. J INVEST DERMATOL 2005 MAY; 124(5): 914-8. PMID: 15854030

25. Atsawasuwan P., Mochida Y., Parisuthiman D., Yamauchi M. Expression of Lysyl Oxidase Isoforms in MC3T3-E1 Osteoblastic Cells. BIOCHEM BIOPHYS RES COMMUN 2005 FEB 25; 327(4): 1042-6. PMID: 15652501

26. Walker L.C., Teebi A.S., MariniR J.C., De Paepe A., Malfait F., Atsawasuwan P., Yamauchi M., Yeowell H.N. Decreased expression of Lysyl Hydroxylase (LH2) in Skin Fibroblasts from Three Ehlers-Danlos Patients does not Result from Mutations on either the Coding of Proximal Promoter Region of the LH2 Gene. MOL GENET METAB 2004 DEC; 83 (4): 312-21. PMID: 15589118

27. Walker L.C., Overstreet M.A., Willing M.C., Marini J.C., Cabral W.A., Pals G., Bristow J., Atsawasuwan P., Yamauchi M., Yeowell H.N. Heterogenous Basis of the Type VIB Form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS VIB) that is Unrelated to Decreased Collagen Lysyl Hydroxylation. AM J MED GENET 2004 DEC 1; 131 (2): 155-62. PMID: 15523625

28. Miguez P.A., Periera P.N., Atsawasuwan P., Yamauchi M. Collagen Cross-linking and Ultimate Tensile Strength in Dentin. J DENT RES 2004 OCT; 83 (10): 807-10. PMID: 15381724

29. Nakornchai S., Atsawasuwan P., Kitamura E., Surarit R., Yamauchi M. Partial Biochemical Characterisation in Carious Dentin of Human Primary teeth. ARCH ORAL BIOL 2004 Apr; 49 (4): 267-73. PMID: 15003545

30. Atsawasuwan P., Greethong K., Nimmanon V. Treatment of Gingival Hyperpigmentation for Esthetic Purposes by Nd:YAG Laser: Report of 4 Cases. J PERIODONTOL 2000; 71: 256-60. PMID: 10711623