Dr. Alapati earned his BDS degree in India. Afterwards, he continued his education in the United States at a hospital-based general practice residency program (GPR) in Kansas City, MO. Subsequently, he received his MS in Dental Materials Science and a PhD in Oral Biology from The Ohio State University in 2006. He earned his Certificate in Endodontics from the UIC College of Dentistry in 2011.
He is an American Association of Endodontists Foundation Educator Award recipient and has an active translational research program on therapeutic applications for regenerative endodontic treatment/root canal therapy utilizing mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from dental pulp tissue. His laboratory focuses on the development of a novel treatment to regenerate pulp-dentin complex tissue in diseased immature teeth using a stem-cell based tissue-engineering approach. He also maintains an active practice limited to Endodontics in the College’s Anderson Faculty Dental Practice.
“I want to provide an excellent clinical experience that aligns with our new DMD curriculum,”
Dr. Alapati also hopes to “provide excellent basic science knowledge concerning the disease process of dental pulp for evidence-based treatment practice, a thorough assessment about each case with particular emphasis on when to refer to a specialty care practice, and provide the highest standard of care to the public,” he said.
“My goal is to create a conduit for critical questions between the research laboratory and the chairside, so that clinical practice can be improved to advance oral health,” he said.
“I want to thank Dr. Barrows for 30 years of excellence, and I’m thrilled and honored to build new concepts of teaching based on strong foundation from his era,” Dr. Alapati said. “As we faculty strive to constantly improve our teaching, we won’t forget that what we do would not have been possible without the hard work of Dr. Barrows and the great faculty of his generation.”
“We will surly miss the dedication to the department and to the College of Dr. Michael Barrows,” said Dr. Christopher Wenckus, Head, Department of Endodontics. “He has been a work horse for the Endo Department for 36 years. We wish him nothing but the best in his well-deserved retirement. But the department will not miss a beat once Dr. Barrows retires. Although just in his second year as faculty member here at UIC, Dr. Alapati already has an extensive background in dental education.
“Dr. Alapati has held faculty positions and the College of Dental Medicine, Medical College of South Carolina, as well as the College of Dentistry at the Ohio State University before coming to UIC for his Endo training in 2009,” Dr. Wenckus continued. “He has participated in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill and the American Dental Education Association Summer program for emerging academic leaders. Dr. Alapati is well positioned to take over the duties of Endodontic Clinic Operations Director and Consultant to the Managing Partners. Welcome aboard!”
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry is celebrating its 100th year as a college of the University of Illinois in 2013 with special events throughout the year under the theme “A Proud Past, A Brilliant Future.”