Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology
University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry
Dr. Wietecha was appointed Assistant Professor of the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry in September 2022. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, where he was also part of the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) for Dentistry. From 2008 to 2015, he was one of the first candidates to complete the DMD/PhD dual-degree program at the UIC College of Dentistry. His doctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Luisa DiPietro at the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration was focused on the mechanisms of angiogenesis during wound healing and it was independently funded by the Individual Predoctoral Dental Scientist Fellowship through the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Wietecha then spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher (2015-2021) and senior research scientist (2021-2022) in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Sabine Werner at the Institute of Molecular Health Sciences of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zurich), where his research was focused on the molecular parallels between skin healing and carcinogenesis. While at ETH, his research was performed in the context of the SKINTEGRITY.CH national consortium, which brings together experts from different disciplines to gain mechanistic understandings of skin repair and disease. The Wietecha laboratory’s research projects address major knowledge gaps in the parallels between oral mucosal wound healing and oral cancer formation, with an overarching goal to decipher the reasons why oral tumors are so much more aggressive than their much-more-common counterparts in the skin.
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Sunday, November 5, 2023
9:10 AM – 10:10 AM PDT