Asma Khan, BDS, PhD, Associate Professor of Endodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been recognized by the Journal of Endodontics with the best article award in the category of “Basic Research – Biology” for her work, “Viral MicroRNAs Identified in Human Dental Pulp.”
“The selection of Dr. Khan and her co-authors to receive the top award in the category of Basic Science – Biology is a recognition of her lab’s significant contributions to basic science in Endodontics,” said Ashraf Fouad, DDS, MS, Freedland Distinguished Professor. “It is also notable that two years ago, another paper from Dr. Khan’s lab received honorable mention for coming in second place in the category of Clinical Research.”
For these awards, the Journal of Endodontics specifically honored papers which represented significant advances in endodontics. Papers were selected for their scientific merit and broad impact on dental research, originality of research objectives and ideas, creativity of study design and uniqueness of approach and concept, validity of statistical and/or epidemiological methods, and clarity of presentation.
“This paper is a result of great teamwork between students, post-docs and faculty,” said Khan. She will be presented with the award at the American Association of Endodontics’ annual meeting in Denver, Colorado this April.
Khan graduated from dental school in India and obtained her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Maryland. She completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and a residency in endodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. Her research interests include pain mechanisms and management as well as regenerative endodontics.