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Stefan Ruhl  PhD, DDS

Department of Oral Biology

Professor, DDS, PhD

Specialty/Research Focus

Operative Dentistry; Oral Biology; Pediatric Dentistry; Periodontics

Faculty Research Profile



 

Professional Summary:

Research in my laboratory encompasses the general area of oral infection and immunity with a major focus on adhesin-mediated interactions of oral bacteria with host salivary or cellular receptors. We investigate the glycoproteins in saliva that are recognized by lectin-like microbial adhesins. It is our long-term goal to better understand the modulating role of salivary glycoproteins in supporting tissue tropism of a benign commensal oral microflora to the human oral cavity and in host defense against pathogenic microorganisms. A more detailed description of our current research activities can be found on the following website:

Education and Training:

  • Professor (C3), Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Universität Regensburg (2004)
  • Privatdozent, venia legendi, Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Universität Regensburg (2000)
  • PhD, Dr. med. dent., Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (1988)
  • DDS, Dentistry, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (1984)

Employment:

  • Professor, Oral Biology, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Associate Professor, Oral Biology, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Oral Biology, University at Buffalo (2007-present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo (2008-2010)

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  • Professor (C3) Germany, Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, University of Regensburg (2004-2007)
  • Associate Professor (C2) Germany, Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Universität Regensburg (2000-2004)
  • Assistant Professor (C1) Germany, Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, University of Regensburg (1995-2000)
  • Laboratory of Microbial Ecology, National Institute of Dental Research, NIH (1991-1994)
  • Division of Cytokine Biology, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA (1989-1991)
  • Laboratory of Immunology, National Institute of Dental Research, NIH (1988-1989)
  • Private practice in Germany (1986-1988)
  • Doctoral Candidate, Institute of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany (1985-1986)
  • Hochgebirgszug, Gebirgsjäger, Bad Reichenhall, German Military (1978-1979)

Awards and Honors:

  • Salivary Researcher of the Year Award (2015)
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon, National Dental Honor Society (2014)
  • UB-SDM Society for the Advancement of Dental Research Award (2011)
  • WALKHOFF Award (2007)
  • WRIGLEY Award (2007)

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  • Dentsply Award (2005)
  • Dentsply Award (1999)
  • CORSODYL Research Award (1998)
  • Poster Award, 17th International Lectin Conference (1997)
  • Poster Award, German Society for Operative Dentistry (1996)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG) (1988)
  • Postgraduate Fellowship (GradFöG), Universität Göttingen (1985)

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