Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Spring Business Meeting and Program - Registration Open!


Please join us for our online Spring business meeting and Program online


"Viruses, Vaccines, and Variants...Oh My! What you need to know about SARS-CoV-2 and Why" presented by Joshua Thomson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Interim Director of Research Administration, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and David Fischer, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry 

 DATE/TIME: March 25th 

12:00-12:45 – MDMLG General Business Meeting 

12:45-1:00 pm – Break 

1:00-2:30 pm – Presentation

REGISTRATION (required): open to MDMLG, MHSLA, and MiALA members only 


Joshua Thomson teaches microbiology and immunology to dental and dental hygiene students and residents, with a specific emphasis on infectious diseases and infection control. Dr. Thomson received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Detroit Mercy and his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine. His main research focus is directed towards the use of natural compounds and bacteriophage as therapeutics against dental pathogens, as well as defining microbiological characteristics of dental materials. His continued research interests include describing mechanisms of serum resistance in the human bacterial pathogen, Yersinia pesti



David Fischer teaches immunology and nutrition to dental hygiene, undergraduate and graduate dental students. Dr. Fischer has a B.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and conducted postdoctoral research at the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center. Current areas of dental research include: the roles of human herpesviruses in periodontal disease, antiviral effects of propolis and essential oils and the interplay between nutritional status and the adaptive immune response. Dr. Fischer has previously conducted research on influenza and rotavirus vaccines.

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