Adam Lietzan, DMD, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • MS, Periodontology, UNC Adams School of Dentistry
  • DMD, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, Marquette University
  • BA, Biology/Exercise Science and Physical Education, McDaniel College

Research Interests

Biomarkers, digital dental technologies, enzymology, macromolecular X-ray crystallography, microbiome, periodontics, protein biochemistry

Research Summary

A microbial challenge and subsequent host mediated response are critical in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease. The primary focus of the Lietzan lab is to understand how proteins from the oral microbiota influence host health. The lab utilizes structure-function studies to unravel mechanistic insights into the microbe-host relationship. A greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms of this dynamic interaction in health and disease will translate to improved patient care and treatment outcomes.

Availabile to Mentor

Undergraduate/college student, graduate student, undergraduate DDS or DH student, postdoc


Leitzan is the recipient of a scientific career development award through the National Institutes of Health and NC TraCS. In his role as assistant professor, 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.

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.