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Mira Edgerton Phd, DDS

Department of Oral Biology

Research Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Oral Biology; Prosthodontics

Faculty Research Profile

 

 

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Professional Memberships:

  • FASEB (2002)
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2002)
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Study Section, Oral Biology and Medicine 1 (2002-2005)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (1999)
  • Academy of Osseointegration (1995)
  • American College of Prosthodontists (1995)
  • American Society of Microbiology (1994)
  • American Association of Women Dentists (1993)
  • Buffalo Association of Women Dentists (1993)
  • University of Buffalo Dental Alumni (1992)
  • Erie County Dental Society (1988)
  • International Association of Dental Research Salivary Research Group, Prosthodontics Group (1981)
  • American Dental Association (1979)
  • New York Dental Society (1979)
  • Eighth District Dental Society (1979)

Presentations: 

  • Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis, Marine Biological Laboratory (2007)
  • Is Salivary Histatin a Prototypicl Antifungal Peptide-Hallmarks of Cytotoxicity, Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program, University of Minnesota (2007)
  • Factors sustaining thematic independent research programs, ACPEF/UNC Prosthodontic Research Symposium, University at North Carolina (2007)
  • Host Defense Strategies: Candidacidal Targets of Histatins, ASM 160th General Meeting Symposium: Antimicrobial Peptides Versus Fungal Pathogens: The Players and the Rules, American Society for Microbiology (2006)
  • Molecular Targets for Histatin 5, ASM 8th Conference on Candida and Candidiasis, Session: Antimicrobial Peptides, American Society for Microbiology (2006)

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  • Mechanism of Antifungal Activity of Human Histatins, Gordon Conference on Antimicrobial Peptides (2005)
  • Mechanism of Innate Host Defense Proteins, Second Annual Buffalo Conference on Immunology, Buffalo Conference on Immunology (2002)
  • Histatin 5 causes Disordered Volume Regulation and G1 Cell Cycle Arrest in C. Albicans, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Defense (2001)
  • Molecular Biology Section, Panel Presenter, University at Buffalo NIH Grantsmanship Workshop, University at Buffalo (2001)
  • Session II: Functions of Saliva, 16th International Conference on Oral Biology (2000)
  • "Salivary Antimicrobials" in Saliva in Health and Disease, Scientific Program 16th International Conference on Oral Biology (2000)
  • Salivary antimicrobial proteins:their role in oropharyngeal host defense, Latin American-U.S. Conference on Salivary Research, Latin American Association for Salivary Research (1999)
  • Oral Candidal Infections and Future Therapeutic Modalities, The American College of Prosthodontists (1996)
  • Salivary Proteins II: Cloning and Functional Studies, IADR Salivary Research Group-Session (1996)
  • Fixed and Removable Prosthetic Restoration of Endosseous Implants, Jamestown-Warren Dental Implant Study Club (1996)
  • Periodontal Pathogens Associated with Dental Implants, IADR Implantology Research Group-Session (1994)
  • Application of Basic Knowledge in Wound Healing to Enhance Biocompatibility, Academy of Prosthodontics (1993)
  • Research in Biological Technologies which may be transferred to Prosthodontics, Academy of Denture Prosthetics, 72nd Annual Meeting, Academy of Denture Prosthetics (1991)
  • Regulation of Microbial Adherence at the Salivary Prosthetic Interface, Academy of Denture Prosthetics, 72nd Annual Meeting, Academy of Denture Prosthetics (1990)
  • Dental Implants, Niagara County Dental Society (1989)
  • The Interaction of Saliva and Prosthodontics, 18th Annual James A. English Symposium (1988)
  • Osseointegrated Implants, Buffalo Association of Women Dentists (1988)
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics - The Mandibulectomy Patient, SUNY Buffalo Association for Student Research (1985)
  • Prosthetic Treatment of the Cleft Palate Patient from Birth to Adulthood, Buffalo Association of Speech Pathologists (1984)
  • Specialized Removable Partial Dentures:Swinglock, Overlay, and Lingual Band Partial Denture, Association of Women Dentists (1984)
  • Esthetics-The Contriibution of Removable Prosthodontics, Metropolitan Dental Study Club (1984)
  • Removable Prosthodontics-Special Considerations for the Class II and Class III Patient, Chautauqua County Dental Society (1983)
  • Improving Facial Contours Through Removable Prosthodontics, Table Clinic-Greater Niagara Frontier Dental Meeting, Greater Niagara Frontier Dental (1983)
  • Oral Complications and Microbiological Changes Following Cancer Chemotherapy, Symposium on Oral Complications of Cancer Chemotherapy, Harvard Medical School (1983)
  • The Transitional Denture: Its Indications and Uses, Table Clinic-Greater Niagara Frontier Dental Meeting, Greater Niagara Frontier Dental (1982)
  • The Removable Partial Overdenture, Table Clinic-Greater Niagara Frontier Dental Meeting, Greater Niagara Frontier Dental (1980)
Service Activities:
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, Admissions, Oral Biology; Chair (2008)
  • School of Dental Medicine Graduate Committee, D.D.S./Ph.D., Oral Biology; Chair (2008)
  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Co-Chair (2008)
  • School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Admissions Committee; Member (2002-2006)
  • School of Dental Medicine Search Committee; Chair (2002-2002)

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  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Member (1996)
  • School of Dental Medicine Student Research and Honors Committee; Member (1991-1992)
  • Judge for Poster Session; Gordon Conference on Salivary Glands and Exocrine Secretions; Judge (2005-2005)
  • Salivary Research Group, IADR/AADR; President (2005-2006)
  • Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy; Editorial Board Member (2005-2010)
  • Erie County Dental Society Board of Directors; Board of Directors (2005)
  • Erie County Dental Society; Past President (2004-2004)
  • Erie County Dental Society; President (2003-2003)
  • Journal of Dental Research; Editorial Board Member (2002-2004)
  • Erie County Dental Society; Vice President (2002-2002)
  • Erie County Dental Society; Secretary (2000-2001)
  • NIDCR Workshop on Development of New Technologies for Saliva and other ....; Working Group Moderator: Unique Aspects of Oral Fluids for Diagnostics; Member (1999-1999)
  • Task Force to Review the Definition of the Specialty Amer Coll of Prosthodontists; Member (1999-1999)
  • Erie County Dental Society Board of Directors; Chair Program Committee; Chair (1997-1999)
  • International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants Review Board; Board Member (1996-1999)
  • Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Archives Oral Biology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Biochemical Journal; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Biochimica et Biophysica Acta; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Cellular Microbiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Current Genetics; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Eukaryotic Cell; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • European Journal of Oral Sciences; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Genetics; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Immunology and Cell Biology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Journal of Anticicrobial Chemotherapy; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Journal of Biological Chemistry; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Journal of Clinical Microbiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Journal of Periodontology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Infection and Immunity; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Microbiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Molecular Microbiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Proceedings of theNational Academy of Sciences (PNAS); Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Yeast; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • BMC Microbiology; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995)
  • Editorial Review Board; Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry; Ad Hoc Reviewer (1992-2001)
  • Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry; Editorial Board Member (1992-2001)
  • AADR/IADR; Reviewer for IADR absracts; Prosthodontics Section; Reviewer (1992-1994)
  • SUNY Buffalo Dental Alumni Association; Chairman, Publications Committee; Chair (1984-1986)
  • Erie County Dental Society, Committee on Dental Laboratory Trade Relations; Committee Member (1982-1982)