Lee, Min, Lovatos among newsmakers for Department of Periodontics

Published: March 20, 2019 by Rhonda Whitmeyer

Lee, Min, Lovatos among newsmakers for Department of Periodontics

Clockwise from top left: Nikola Angelov, DDS, PhD; Chun-Teh Lee, DDS, DMSc; Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH; and Seiko Min, DDS, PhD, all of the Department of Periodontics at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston.

The Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston started 2019 with positive news from Chair and Professor Nikola Angelov, DDS, PhD, who noted increases in clinic procedures and revenue, research, scholarly activities and funding, service activities, and awards. 

He specifically noted achievements by Assistant Professor Chun Teh-Lee, DDS, DMSc; Assistant Professor Seiko Min, DDS, PhD; and Assistant Professor Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH. 

Lee has been selected to receive an American Academy of Periodontology SUNSTAR Innovation Grant of $30,000 for his project, “Improving Periodontal Health Through a Precision Periodontal Health Care Chart.” The grant supports research that aims to identify novel and innovative evidence-based periodontal treatment approaches to enhance patient care. 

His collaborators include Angelov and Muhammad Walji, PhD, professor and associate dean for technology services and informatics; and Associate Professor Srinivas Ayilavarapu, BDS, DSc. 

The project aims to establish a risk-factor database and risk-assessment tool for educating patients and assessing periodontitis progression in the electronic health record system. The tool will assess patients’ motivation, compliance, and treatment outcomes following use of the Precision Periodontal Health Care Chart. Lee also seeks to validate and optimize the risk-assessment tool using a machine-learning approach. 

Min has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Foundation for his work, “The Novel Tissue Engineering Approach: Antibody Mediated Osseous Regeneration for the Guided Bone Augmentation Using a Titanium Cap in Rabbit Model.” These AAIDF grants support new investigators and those advancing areas of research or resuming research careers in the area of implant  dentistry. 

Lovatos has won the American Dental Education Association Sigma Phi Linda DeVore Scholarship. This $1,500 award goes to an individual pursuing allied dental education study at the baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral levels. The award will be presented in March at the ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Chicago.