Faculty

Dr. Monica Gibson

Assistant Professor
Department of Dentistry

About Me

Dr. Monica Prasad Gibson received her BDS degree in India and completed her PhD as well as her post-doctoral training in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A and M Health Sciences Center, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas. She also completed her Periodontics residency and Master’s in Science from The Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. She recently won the American Academy of Periodontology Scholarship awarded by Straumann at the 2017 AAP annual meeting. She was awarded the Pauline C. Wittwer Graduate fellowship in Dentistry at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She was also the finalist at the Midwest society of Periodontology research competition, Chicago. Dr. Gibson has served as a Periodontics faculty in Yerala Dental College, Mumbai, India. She has published several articles and has given presentations on bone and dentin mineralization process. She has also contributed to book chapters and journal cover features.  



Teaching

DENT 570: Fundamentals of Periodontology - Graduate Periodontology Course Coordinator

DENT 571: Fundamental of Implantology - Graduate Periodontology Course Coordinator

DENT 572: Current concepts in Periodontology - Graduate Periodontology Course Coordinator


Research

Dr. Gibson’s research is focused on a member of non-collagenous proteins, dentin sialophosphoprotein (DSPP). DSPP is an extracellular matrix protein that plays a vital role in the formation and mineralization of dentin and supporting periodontal tissues.  DSPP is a large protein that undergoes proteolytic processing to form the NH2-terminal fragment [dentin sialoprotein (DSP) and its proteoglycan form (DSP-PG)] and COOH-terminal fragment [dentin phosphoprotein (DPP)]. The importance of DSPP in dentinogenesis is supported by experiments showing association of mutations in the DSPP gene with human dentinogenesis imperfecta.  While studies have demonstrated the critical role of DSPP in dentin formation, mechanisms by which DSPP functions in biomineralization remained largely unclear. Dr. Gibson’s research has been a comprehensive effort to outline the function of this protein and its cleaved fragments. She presented this work as a finalist at the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) Hatton awards. Additionally, during the course of her research, she have been able to create a successful animal model to replicate periodontitis disease process. 


Research Keywords

Dentin sialophosphoprotein, DSPP, mineralization, Periodontitis, misdiagnosis, classification

Team Members

Dr. Nancy Abdelhay

Dr. Sandeep Dab

Dr. Amirsalar Mofidi

Mr. Seongju (Andy) Kim