“Trained as a dentist in Greece, George Hajishengallis, one of the newest faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, was happy enough with the idea of practicing dentistry there. But something was missing.

“As important as clinical treatment is — and I think it’s more important than research,” said Hajishengallis, “it can become routine.”

Realizing he would miss the stimulus of constant learning, Hajishengallis made the decision to continue his studies in the United States, enrolling in a doctoral program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Since then, he has not lacked for opportunities to learn and discover. Naturally curious and intent on finding practical applications for his work, the results of Hajishengallis’s research may one day improve the lives of patients suffering from not only oral diseases but a whole host of conditions that involve inflammation, including arthritis, diabetes and heart disease.”

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