UW dental student wins national award


Jonathan An (center) celebrates his award with faculty members Dr. Robert London and Dr. Sun Oh Chung. (Photo courtesy of UW School of Dentistry)

Third-year University of Washington dental student Jonathan An won the American Dental Association’s Student Clinician Scholar Award — the ADA’s top honor for student researchers — during the ADA’s annual session in New Orleans in early November.

An, a student in the School of Dentistry’s DDS/PhD program, took top honors in the Basic Science Research competition with a project titled “Chemokine Epigenome Modification and Its Association With Bacteria in Periodontitis.” Dr. Sun Oh Chung of the Department of Oral Health Sciences was his mentor. An’s co-authors included Dr. Robert London and Dr. Sul Ki Hong of the Department of Periodontics and biostatistician Charles Spiekerman of Oral Health Sciences.

It was the second year in a row that a UW student won the Clinician Scholar Award, with Peter Yamamura (Dentistry Class of 2014) winning last year’s competition. In 2012, An won the International Association for Dental Research’s Hatton Award.

An will receive $750 and a travel award to present his research at the annual Thomas Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta next March. (end)

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