Director of NIDCR Visits the School

Dean Stamm and the faculty, staff and students are delighted to welcome Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to the School of Dentistry. Dr. Tabak will meet with faculty and student researchers throughout the day. The School is honored that Dr. Tabak is able to spend this time with us; to meet our investigators and tour our facilities and see first-hand, some of the work we are doing.

A special lecture/discussion forum is planned at 1:00 pm today in 407 Brauer Hall. Dr. Tabak will speak on “The Post-Genomic Era Enters the Mouth”. Following the presentation Dr. Tabak will take questions and discuss new developments and future directions for the NIDCR.

Dr. Tabak was appointed as the NIDCR’s seventh director in September, 2000. As Director, he provides leadership for a team of 450 scientists, administrators and support staff with an approximate annual budget of $371 million. His research focuses on the functional roles played by glycoproteins during development.

Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Tabak was Senior Associate Dean for Research of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Director of the Center for Oral Biology in the Aab Biomedical Research Institute, in the University of Rochester. He created the first summer research program for under-represented dental students, which was funded in partnership with NIDCR, the University of Rochester, and industry. This program served as a model for additional programs currently active around the country.

Dr. Tabak received his undergraduate degree from the City College of the City University of New York in 1972, his DDS from Columbia University in 1977, and a PhD and Certificate of Proficiency in Endodontics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981 and 1985 respectively.