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 About Oral BiologyFaculty Info     October 24, 2014  

Baker, Olga D.D.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology

Address:
210 Foster Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716)-829-3667
olgabake@buffalo.edu - Faculty Home Page

Faculty Research Profile

Baker lab current interests concern the welfare of people who can’t produce adequate saliva, either due to genetics or treatment side effects. We feel that a comprehensive approach to the problem, involving not just treatment but preventative aspects, is both warranted and viable. As such, our lab currently works in the areas of clinically applicable implants (using new biomaterials) and resolution of inflammation (using resolvins) which we believe to be the most efficacious treatment available). Our research will bring tangible benefits to those who suffer from hyposalivation and we look forward to bringing our research programs to fruition.

Ongoing Research Support

R21DE019721 Baker O.J (PI) 06/01/2010 to 05/30/2013
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR)
Effect of SS associated cytokines on Salivary Gland Dysfunction
The goal of this research is to understand the mechanism(s) by which cytokines induce secretory dysfunction by alteration of salivary gland tight junctions.

1R01DE021697-01A1 Baker O.J (PI) 06/01/2012 to 05/30/2017
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR)
Resolution of Cytokine-Mediated Salivary Gland Inflammation.
The goal of this research is to understand the mechanism(s) by which resolvins block secretory dysfunction in Sjögren’s syndrome.

1R01DE022971-01 Baker O.J (PI) 06/01/2012 to 05/30/2016
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH/NIDCR)
Use of Fibrin Hydrogels to Build an Artificial Salivary Gland. The goal of this research is to enhance acinar differentiation in parotid glands using fibrin hydrogels.