“‘Contrary to earlier predictions, dental caries is not a disease of the past,’ say Drs. George Hajishengallis and Shuang Liang of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. ‘The disease is unlikely to be eradicated, unless novel preventive approaches are introduced to complement existing ones.’

Drs. Hajishengallis and Liang are in the midst of some fascinating research on using E.coli to develop a possible vaccine against tooth decay. Hajishengallis obtained a D.D.S. in 1989 from the University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1994 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He pursued postdoctoral work at UAB and at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In 2003, he moved to the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry as an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, where he received the Research Excellence Award in 2004 and 2005. He was subsequently recruited as an associate professor to the University of Louisville (UofL), where he received the UL Faculty Excellence Honor in 2006.”

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