Appointments, Faculty and Staff

Lietzan Begins Appointment as Assistant Professor 

Adam Lietzan, DMD, MS ‘20, PhD, recently began his appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.  

“The Adams School of Dentistry at UNC is a preeminent research institution and has continued to develop its presence in the patient care arena,” said Lietzan. “I’m excited to join such a talented faculty cohort and look forward to establishing lasting research and clinical collaborative relationships.” 

Leitzan is the recipient of a scientific career development award through the National Institutes of Health and NC TraCSIn his role, Leitzan’s responsibilities will include the development of a basic and translational science research program and providing care to Carolina Dentistry patients. His research interests include protein biochemistry, enzymology, and utilization of digital technologies to improve patient care therapies and treatment outcomes. 

“Not only as Associate Dean and Interim Chair, but as a fellow researcher and faculty member, I am more than thrilled to have Adam join our team,” said Associate Dean for Research, Shannon Wallet, PhD.  

Here he will marry his training in periodontal disease with a research interest of structure-function-inhibition of microbial products. This is a rare combination that will give him a unique background, perspective and set of research skills. Adam’s long-term goal is to become a clinician-scientist with an independent research program, but also to contribute to the education of the next generation of dental students and periodontists where his exceptional training will benefit these groups.” 

Lietzan received his doctorate degree in biological sciences from Marquette University, Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistryand master’s degree and certificate in periodontology from the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. 

He is the recipient of the 2020 Dr. D. Walter Cohen Teaching Award from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, as well as the 2020 firstplace winner of the North Carolina section of the American Association for Dental Research Derek T. Turner Student Research Award.