Dental Medicine Research Faculty


Craniofacial Biology faculty at the School of Dental Medicine hold primary appointments in the Department of Craniofacial Biology, and secondary appointments in various departments in the School of Medicine or in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.

Secondary faculty members hold their primary appointments in various departments in the School of Medicine or in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

All faculty are members of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus or UC Denver School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Boulder and are members of various Graduate Training Programs.

Lynn Heasley, Ph.D., Chair

Research Interest: Role of autocrine and parachrine signaling through polypeptide growth factors and receptor tyrosine kinases in lung cancer and head and neck cancer


Kristin Artinger, Ph.D.

Research Interest: Molecular, genetic and developmental mechanisms involved in the patterning of the neural crest during vertebrate embryogenesis.


Clifton Carey, Ph.D.

Research Interest: Dental caries, early childhood caries, dental erosion, and abrasion, remineralization - calcium and phosphates, fluoride to prevent caries, dentifrices, fluoride varnish, oral rinses, biofilms - related to caries, dental standards.


David Clouthier, Ph.D.

Research Interest: Developmental craniofacial and cardiovascular biology


Katherine Fantauzzo, Ph.D.

Research Interest: ​Receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in mammalian craniofacial development


Cheng-Jun Hu, Ph.D.

Research Interest:Roles of HIF-1d and HIF-2d in hypoxic response and tumor progression


Hong Li, Ph.D.

Research Interest: Understanding craniofacial development and Orofacial clefting at single-cell resolution. Alternative splicing program during craniofacial development.


Devatha Nair, Ph.D.

Research Interest: ​​Stimuli-Responsive Polymer Networks, Dental Materials, Conductive Polymers, Drug Delivery, and Polymer Structure-Property Relationships.


Jamie Nichols, Ph.D.

Research Interest: ​​Understanding how genetics and epigenetics together orchestrate cell fate choices during animal development, specifically zebrafish craniofacial development.


Mary Reyland, Ph.D.

Research Interest: ​​Role of Protein Kinase C in salivary gland apoptosis and in cancer


Jeffrey Stansbury, Ph.D.

Research Interest: ​​Polymeric biomaterials with efforts directed towards the synthesis of new materials, development of analytical characterization methods, and photopolymerization studies.


Trevor Williams, Ph.D.

Research Interest: Transcription factors that regulate vertebrate embryogenesis and cancer

Kristi Anseth, PhD

Research Interest: Biomaterials, photopolymerization, tissue engineering, drug delivery, and regenerative biology.


Linda Barlow, PhD

Research Interest: Taste systems of vertebrates during embryogenesis


Stephanie Byrant, PhD

Research Interest: Bioengineering, biomaterials, functional tissue engineering, and regenerative biology.


Christopher Bowman, PhD

Research Interest: Biomaterials, photopolymerization, reaction kinetics, and polymer chemistry.


Tom Finger, PhD

Research Interest: Neuroscience with a focus on morphology and function of solitary chemoreceptor cell, the role of neurotrophins in the development of taste buds, the processing of neural signals that underlie taste-mediated feeding behavior.


Diego Restrepo, PhD

Research Interest: Utilization of a systems-level approach incorporating molecular, mouse genetic, biophysical, and behavioral approaches to understanding complex stimulus integration by the murine olfactory system.


Richard Spritz, M.D.

Research Interest: Molecular basis of human genetic diseases including mapping, discovery, and mutational and functional analysis of genes that affect craniofacial development.