Our goal: As a university-based academic research group, our primary purpose is to improve our understanding of hyposalivation, making the knowledge and data we generate freely available, so that we and others can use that knowledge to develop novel diagnostics, prognostics and therapeutics to improve human oral health. Our not-for-profit research is being conducted in the academic laboratory of Dr. David Relman in collaboration with a clinical team of Sjögren’s Syndrome experts at the UCSF School of Dentistry.
David Relman, MD
David Relman is the principal investigator of this research project. He is the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University. He is also the Chief of Infectious Disease at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto and served as the President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America from 2012-2013. To learn more about David, please visit the Relman Laboratory Website, or visit his faculty profile at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Diana Proctor, Ph.D.
Diana Proctor obtained a Ph.D. at Stanford University in the department of Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University, a M.S. at Smith College as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. You may follow her on twitter @hyposalivation or visit her LinkedIn Profile to learn more about her.
Susan Holmes, Ph.D.
Susan Holmes is a Professor in the Statistics Department and in Bio-X at Stanford University. Her research interests include computational statistics, in particular, nonparametric computer intensive methods such as the bootstrap and MCMC. Her research group developed the R-based Bioconductor package Phyloseq for the analysis of microbiome data. For more information about Susan, see the website for the Holmes Research Group.
Mark I. Ryder, D.M.D.
Dr. Ryder is a Principal Investigator on the study. He is also Professor and Chair of the department of Periodontology as well as the Director of the Postgraduate Program in Periodontology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he has been a faculty member for 35 years. He has served as the Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and/or examiner for several government and industry sponsored clinical studies.
Tina Jung, D.D.S.
As a study clinician, Dr. Jung will be performing oral examinations at screening exams. She will also collect samples at study appointments. Dr. Jung obtained her D.D.S. from the Columbia School of Dentistry in 2014. She is currently completing her residency at UCSF in the Department of Periodontology. For her Master’s Thesis project, Dr. Jung is trying to understand how much saliva is required to protect against oral disease and symptoms of xerostomia. To learn more about Dr. Jung, visit her on LinkedIn. Dr. Jung is fluent in Korean.
Shanne Sastiel, D.D.S.
As a study clinician, Dr. Sastiel will be performing oral examinations at screening exams. He will also collect samples at study appointments. Dr. Sastiel obtained his D.D.S. at UCSF in 2014. He is currently completing his residency at UCSF in the Department of Periodontology. For his Master’s Thesis project, Shanne is analyzing the spatial distribution of periodontitis in patients with the autoimmune disorder Sjogren’s Syndrome compared to controls. To learn more about Dr. Sastiel, visit him on LinkedIn. Dr. Sastiel is fluent in Hebew.
Jonathan Weng, D.D.S.
As a study clinician, Dr. Weng will be performing oral examinations at screening exams. He will also collect samples at study appointments. Dr. Weng obtained his D.D.S. at UCLA in 2014. He is currently completing his residency at UCSF in the Department of Periodontology. For his Master’s Thesis project, Jonathan is analyzing the spatial distribution of dental cavities in patients with the autoimmune disorder Sjogren’s Syndrome compared to controls. To learn more about Dr. Weng, visit him on LinkedIn. Dr. Weng is proficient in Mandarin.
Meredith Millman, B.S.
Meri graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Neuroscience, with the aspirations of becoming periodontist. As the Head Research Coordinator at UCSF, she is in charge of recruitment and manages clinic operations.To learn more about Meredith, visit her on LinkedIn.
Samuel Walker, B.S.
Sam is an aspiring dentist who earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. As the Assistant Research Coordinator at UCSF he assists in the management of clinic visits and data quality.