Dr. Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, a faculty member within the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Department of Dental Ecology, is one of three researchers featured in a National Institutes of Health educational video titled “Women in Dental Research.”
The 23-minute video, designed to illustrate career possibilities within dental research, also features Dr. Deborah Greenspan, chair of the University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry’s Department of Orofacial Sciences; and Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
The video shows Webster-Cyriaque, an associate professor, focused on all facets of her day-to-day life as a researcher: patient care; meetings with students, residents and faculty colleagues; editing and writing scientific publications; teaching; and interaction with faculty members within her group’s laboratory. She also discusses how to maintain a work-life balance and the early influences that led her to pursue dental research as a career path.
“Research is a process,” she says in an on-screen interview, “and we’re continually building on the findings of other people. And so our hope is that each contribution we make can be something that someone else can build upon.”
“Women in Dental Research” represents a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health and Office of Science Education and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
The video is the fifth in a series of videos titled “Women Are Scientists.” This video series, a joint venture between the NIH offices of Research on Women’s Health and Science Education, is designed to encourage middle-schoolers to consider careers in science.