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Renowned oral pathologist to give Distinguished Lecture Series talk

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Malcolm Snead

The NDSU College of Engineering is set to host cell regeneration authority and oral pathologist Malcolm Snead during its Distinguished Lecture Series.

Snead is scheduled to present “Nanofabrication Paradigm for Enamel Regeneration” Monday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Prairie Rose room.

Snead teaches in the doctoral program of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California. He is among the faculty members who created and retain the Problem Based Learning program for biomedical sciences. He also is appointed in other USC schools, including Dornsife College and the Keck School of Medicine.

Snead’s work focuses on the enamel in teeth, the hardest tissue in the vertebrate body. Using mice as subjects, he concentrates on the formation of amelogenin, one of the most abundant enamel proteins. Through in vitro and in vivo manipulations, the research may lead to the biological replacement of diseased tissues and allow replacement of metal or polymer-based dental restorations.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of California, his D.D.S. degree from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery, Loyola University, and was trained as oral pathologist while earning his doctorate in pathology from the University of Chicago. Snead, who is interested in developmental biology, bio-mineralization and systems biology, has received continuous funding by the National Institutes of Health with multiple RO1 investigator-initiated grants.

His other awards include the Fulbright Specialist Award to study at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, a Mellow Faculty Mentoring Award from the University of Southern California, the Research in Oral Biology Award from the International Association for Dental Research, Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellowship in American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo.

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