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NameBeiraghi, Soraya
DesignationProfessor
DepartmentPediatric Dentistry
CountryUSA
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Biography :

Dr. Beiraghi is Professor and Head of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry and has been a Staff member of craniofacial programs for over 25 years at UNMC/BTNRH and UMN. She was the Director of the IADR/AADR Craniofacial Biology Section as well as a member of the Society of Craniofacial Genetics and ASHG. She has been trained as NIH/NIDCR Fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine, both in medical and molecular genetics. Her primary research focus is in the area of craniofacial anomalies; specifically, she is currently working on genotype-phenotype correlation and underlying molecular mechanisms. This includes congenital craniofacial syndromes and degenerative musculoskeletal defects, both of which may involve the oral cavity, face, and temporomandibular joint. She is interested in signaling pathway variations during skeletogenesis and growth, including abnormalities in the synthesis and metabolism of collagen and other connective tissue proteins.

Research :

D. RESEARCH SUPPORT

Ongoing Research Support

2010 -   2012      Pediatric Residency Outreach Program, HRSA,  PI 

2009 – 2010 Maternal Child Health; HRSA, PI: Reiff. Core faculty participant

2010 – 2011 Genetic variation in TGF-beta Pathway genes and risk of Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip/Palate.  University of Minnesota Institute of Human Genetics. Role: Principal Investigator.

 

Completed Research Support

1984 – 1985 Fluoride Concentration in Drinking Water and Dose Response Curve in Rats. PI: Spuller. 

Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Intramural Research Grant. 

Role: Co-Investigator.

1985 – 1986 The Effect of Fluoride Containing Coca-Cola on Incidence of Dental Caries in Rats. 

PI: Spuller. 

Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Intramural Research Grant. 

Role: Co-Investigator.

1986 The Effect of Smokeless Tobacco on Lipoprotein in Plasma. 

Ohio State University Seed Grant. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1986 – 1987 The Effect of Concentrations of Fluoride 1 ppm in Drinking Water on the Incidence of Dental Caries in Rats. PI: Spuller. 

Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Intramural Research Grant. 

Role: Co-Investigator.

1987 The Effect of Cyclosporin A on Human Gingival Fibroblasts in Vitro. 

Ohio State University Seed Grant. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1994 Molecular bases for cleft Lip and Palate and Genotype Phenotype relationship. 

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry Seed Grant. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1995 – 1996 Search for Cleft Lip/Palate Gene(s) by Linkage. 

Edna-Ittner Foundation. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1994 – 1997 Child and Youth Grants. 

University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1995 – 1997 Search for a Cleft Lip/Palate Gene(s) on Chromosome 4q. 

NIH/NIDR R03. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1998 Molecular Characterization of Cleft Lip and Palate Gene. 

University of Nebraska Medical Center Seed Grant. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1998 – 1999 Comparison of a Computerized Local Anesthesia Device with a Traditional Syringe: Can Pain and Distress in Children be eliminated? 

Milestone Scientific, Inc. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

1998 – 1999 Positional Cloning of Non-syndromic Cleft Lip Gene with Pericentric Inversion of Chromosome 4q. 

University of Nebraska Medical Center Seed Grant. 

Role: Principal Investigator.

2000 Interdisciplinary Enhancement and Expansion of Pediatric Dental Residency Training In Developmental Disabilities. 

Bureau of Health Professions, Grants for Residencies in the Practice of Pediatric Dentistry (CFDA #93.897A). 

Role: Principal Investigator.  

 

Education:

(if applicable) YEAR(s) FIELD OF STUDY

University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington 

University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington B.S.

M.S. 1974

1976 Biology

Clinical Nutrition

Indiana University School of Dentistry M.S.D. 1978 Oral Health/Preventive Science

Indiana University School of Dentistry D.D.S. 1982 Doctor of Dental Surgery 

Indiana University School of Dentistry M.S.D. 1983 Pediatric Dentistry

Indiana University School of Medicine NIH/NIDR 1989 Med & Molecular Genetics

 

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