“Precision Peiatric Dental Care:Omics and Public Heatlh Approaches for Predicting and Improving Dental Caries Outcomes”
Kimon Divaris is an oral and genetic epidemiologist and board-certified pediatric dentist, currently Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatric Dentistry and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. In his current role, he is actively involved in Pediatric Dentistry teaching at all levels, clinical practice and research, and maintains substantial scholarly and editorial activity. His expertise and research experience cover a wide range of proximal and distal oral health determinants. His current research focus lies in the intersection of clinical, public health and genomics research, with emphasis on childhood oral health. He has had major roles in NIH-supported research of dental public health/health services research/health disparities and the genomics of oral health. His research program includes genomics studies of early childhood caries, the oral microbiome, and other complex or composite oral traits. In 2015, he was awarded a U01 NIH/NIDCR grant to study the genomics of early childhood caries by establishing a large community-based cohort of preschool-age children, and a grant to examine the metagenome and metatranscriptome of the oral biofilm in states of health and disease.