Martha Somerman

Martha J. Somerman (*March 13, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, USA[1]) is an internationally known researcher and educator in Medicine, focusing on defining the key regulators controllling development, maintenance, and regeneration of dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues.[2] She is currently (updated Nov 06, 2019) Chief Lab of Laboratory of Oral Connective Tissue Biology (LOCTB) at NIH's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) located in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.[2][3]

Martha Somerman
Martha J. Somerman
Dr. Martha J. Somerman, Director of NIDCR, NIH and Chief Lab of LOCTB, NIAMS
Born
Martha Somerman

(1947-03-13) 13 March 1947 (age 73)
Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Awards
Scientific career
Institutions

Early life and educationEdit

Martha J. Somerman was born on March 13, 1947, in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A. Martha Somerman gained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from New York University, Master of Science (MS) from Hunter College, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University, and a PhD from the University of Rochester.[1][4]

Research and CareerEdit

Her career at the University of Michigan started in 1991. She was Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Periodontics/Prevention/Geriatrics (PPG) at the Michigan Dental School and Associate Professor for the Department of Pharmacology at the Michigan Medical School until 1995. Afterwards she became Professor and Chair of the PPG Department and Professor for the Department of Pharmacology until 2000.[5] She was then Associate Dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Washington, a position she held for two years and became Dean in 2002.[6][7][8] In 2011, she was appointed the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).[2][9]

Somerman has more than 190 peer-review publications with over 8,000 citations and she has contributed to 20 books or book chapters. [10]

Awards and honoursEdit

She has received numerous honors and awards throughout her academic career. [11]

  • 2010 she got the IADR/PRG Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine.[12][13]
  • In 2011, Harvard University awarded Martha Somerman the AADR's Paul Goldhaber Award, which is presented annually to "an individual who is held in the highest international esteem in his or her field relating to oral and systemic health", acknowledging her work in the field of the regeneration of hard and soft tissues.[14][15]
  • Most recently in 2018, she got awarded from the International Association for Dental Research's (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award for Basic Research in Biological Mineralization.[2][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Somerman, Martha. "Martha J. Somerman". American Association for Dental Research. American Association of Dental Research.
  2. ^ a b c d "Martha J. Somerman, DDS, PhD, Director of NIDCR | National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research". www.nidcr.nih.gov. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Somerman, Martha. "Martah Somerman ResearchGate". ResearchGate.
  4. ^ "2019 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition - Profile - Martha Somerman". iadr2019.zerista.com. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S, Ph.D." NIH Intramural Research Program. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  6. ^ "A conversation with Martha Somerman, Dean of the School of Dentistry". University of Washington. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  7. ^ "Martha J. Somerman". www.iadr.org. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Two Eastman Alumni Win Major Awards". www.urmc.rochester.edu. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Dentistry Dean Martha Somerman leaving to direct NIH dental branch". UW News. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "Two Eastman Alumni Win Major Awards". www.urmc.rochester.edu. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  11. ^ Agencies, United States Congress House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related (2012). Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations for 2013: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session. U.S. Government Printing Office.
  12. ^ "IADR/PRG Award in Regenerative Periodontal Medicine". www.iadr.org. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "American Academy of Periodontology Recognizes Member Achievements | Perio.org". www.perio.org. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Harvard School of Dental Medicine. "Recognition Ceremony 2011". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  15. ^ "Dr. Martha Somerman named to receive Harvard dental schools highest honor". UW News. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Martha J. Somerman Received the 2018 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization". International Association for Dental Research. Retrieved November 6, 2019.