After spending nearly a decade as an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry, Thomas Diekwisch, DMD, assumed the position of department head and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 2001. At the school’s Brodie Laboratory, Dr. Diekwisch conducts research in various areas of periodontics.
The Brodie Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry has published a number of important papers in the field of periodontics. In 2001, the lab put out a piece on the mesenchymal origin of cementum. This paper marked the dental industry’s first publication with an explicit focus on the movements of neural crest tissues throughout the formation of the periodontium.
Five years later, the lab published a paper that announced the discovery of diverse progenitor populations for dental follicles. These progenitors, the paper stated, could lead to the sudden development of several types of periodontal tissues. In 2006, the lab also published an analysis of Hertwig’s epithelial root sheath as it pertains to the development of tooth roots. More recently, the lab has studied the use of surface topography imaging as a tool for facilitating tooth replantation.