Mary J. MacDougall, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, has been named associate dean for research in the Dental School. In her new position, Dr. MacDougall will oversee the research activities in the Dental School, coordinating grant applications and establishing collaborative research activities.
Current major programs at the school include development of new restorative dental materials that could be used as replacements for amalgam, and a newly funded five-year study involving the regulation and function of matrix proteins during tooth formation.
Dr. MacDougall has been with the Health Science Center since 1993. Since that time, she has received research funding in excess of $1 million from the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) and other sources.
In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. MacDougall is devoted to helping Dental School students. She is director of the NIDR Short-term Training Program for Health Science Center dental students. She has mentored six students who received American Association for Dental Research (AADR) Fellowships, three students who received National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Fellowships, and one student who received a NIDR Summer Research Fellowship.
Dr. MacDougall has served as president of the Mineralized Tissue Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), chair of the AADR Fellowship Committee, and a member of the IADR Membership Committee. She also has served as a reviewer for the NIH/NIDR Special Study Section and for more than eight national and international scientific journals.
Before joining the Dental School, she was on the faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry in the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology.
She received her Ph.D. in craniofacial molecular genetics from the USC School of Dentistry and her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at San Diego.
In addition to her new duties, Dr. MacDougall will continue her own research and teaching activities.