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Our Team

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Laura Jacox

Principal Investigator

Dr. Laura Jacox, DMD, PhD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Research and an Orthodontic Clinician-Scientist dedicated to clinical and translational research in dentistry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She enrolled at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and MIT in a DMD-PhD program through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, to train as both a scientist and dentist. Through Dr. Jacox’s graduate work in the Sive Lab at MIT’s Whitehead Institute, she discovered a novel craniofacial organizer, known as the Extreme Anterior Domain, which is required for mouth formation and migration of cranial neural crest in Xenopus. Her love of craniofacial development and patient care guided her to orthodontics.  She then moved to the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry to train in their world-renowned Orthodontic Residency program with Dr. William Proffit and Dr. Ching-Chang Ko. After residency, Dr. Jacox was recruited to become a faculty member at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry, where she established a lab and independent research program, mentoring graduate students, undergraduates, residents and dental students. In her free time, Dr. Jacox loves trail running, traveling, and playing violin in the Duke Medical Orchestra. 
 

   Education

  1. American Board of Orthodontics, Certification, 2019 

  2. MS, Orthodontics, UNC Adams School of Dentistry, 2019 

  3. DMD, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Graduate School ofthe Arts and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology, 2016 

  4. PhD, Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Graduate School ofthe Arts and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program, 2015 

  5. BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2008 

  6. BS, Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology (MIT), 2008 

Alumni

Erika Babikow, DMD, MS

Auvi Tran, DDS, MS

Steven Hancock, DDS, MS
Triny Gutierrez, DMD, MS

Steven Oliver, DDS, MS

Taneisha Livingston, DDS, MS
Allen Rapolla, DDS, MS
Ryan Gross, DDS, MS

Catherine Campbell, DMD, MS
Katelyn Cass, DDS, MS
Mary Morgan Keyser, DDS, MS
Daniel Lee, DMD, MS
Hillary Lathrop-Marshall, DMD, MS

Mallory Kocher, DDS '23

Neal Quinn, DDS '23
Taylor Sulkowski, DDS

Noor Dar

Shreya Selvavel

Laura Bernal
Yushan Xie

Samantha Jhingree 
Natalie Giduz

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