The Distinguished Researcher award, which Dr. George will receive, is given to five UIC researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievements in their field of expertise.
Dr. George is an internationally renowned leader in the field of mineralized tissue research due to her path-breaking findings elucidating the mechanisms by which mineralization of the extracellular matrix (ECM) occurs, which also has widespread importance in biology, medicine, and engineering. She discovered DMP1, a key regulatory molecule that controls differentiation of the osteoblast (bone forming cells) and odontoblast (dentin forming cells) phenotype.
Her research advances are leading to ways of regenerating oral tissues, including teeth, bone and the periodontium, as well as improving diagnostic methods used in clinical practice. Dr. George has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctorate from the University Paris Descartes and ongoing funding from the NIH.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected for the award,” Dr. George said. “To be recognized by my peers in the University really humbles me. I am happy that the research at the College of Dentistry is being appreciated by the UIC community, and I am glad this opportunity will showcase the research enterprise at the College.
“None of this would have been possible without the help and support of all my lab members, mentors, colleagues, College of Dentistry administration and my dear family,” Dr. George continued. “I also would like to thank the Willow Springs Foundation for endowing the Allan G. Brodie professorship and providing the funding for the Brodie Tooth Development Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Laboratory. Their generosity is crucial to my research.”
In honor of the recipients of the UIC Researchers of the Year Award, an awards ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the Michele M. Thompson Rooms of UIC Student Center West at 828 S. Wolcott Ave.
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