Scientific Advisors

  • Dawei Liu, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Jeremy Mao, D.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Ravindra Nanda, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D.
  • Kang Ting, Ph.D., D.M.D., D.D.S.
  • Paul Korne, D.D.S., M.Cl.D.
  • Clinton Rubin, Ph.D.
  • Michael Liebschner, Ph.D.

Dawei Liu, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Pre-doctoral Program Director
Research Director
Scientific Research Advisor

Dr. Liu graduated from China Medical University with his DDS, as well as MS in orthodontics. He pursued a PhD in bone biology at the Beijing Medical University, and in 2009 Dr. Liu completed his US orthodontic training and got a certificate and MS in orthodontics from Marquette University. Dr. Liu worked at the Chinese Stomatological Association as Vice Director of International Exchanges, he then accepted an invitation from Dr. Birte Melsen and worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the Royal Dental College in Denmark. In 2005, Dr. Liu moved to Marquette University where he is currently the pre-doctoral Program Director and Research Director in the Department of Developmental Sciences/Orthodontics. Besides his teaching and clinical responsibilities, as a researcher Dr. Liu is focusing on the investigation of the effects of mechanical vibration on orthodontic tooth movement and root resorption, in an attempt to shorten the total treatment time and reduce the risk of root resorption in clinical orthodontic patients. In merit of his research achievements, Dr. Liu has received many awards including the Willie and Earl Shepherd Fellowship Award (2007). Dr. Liu is an active member of the AAO, EOS, ASBMR and ORS. He serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and as a reviewer for several other journals. For more information about Dr. Liu please follow the link http://www.marquette.edu/dentistry/admissions/OrthoDepartment.shtml


Jeremy Mao, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
Director, Tissue Engineering-Regenerative Medicine
Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Biomaterials, Columbia University
Chairman, OrthoAccel® Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Mao received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from both Wuhan University in China and the University of Illinois; he also received a Ph.D. and postdoctoral training from the University of Alberta in Canada. He has published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the area of tissue engineering, stem cells and regenerative medicine. Dr. Mao currently serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals such as Tissue Engineering, Journal of Biomedical Material Research, International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Journal of Dental Research, and has served as an Associate Editor of Stem Cells and Development, as well as on the editorial board of Medical Engineering and Physics and Frontiers of Bioscience. He has over 30 patents granted and/or filed in the areas of stem cells, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. In 2007 Dr. Mao received the Iwao Yasuda Award for his outstanding contribution in the areas of stem cells and regenerative medicine, as well as mechanical modulation of skeletal growth. The Iwao Yasuda Award represents the highest honor given by the Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine to an individual who has made outstanding contribution to the field of biomedical research. Dr. Mao is the original inventor of the OrthoAccel® technology For more information about Dr. Mao, please follow the link http://www.bme.columbia.edu/fac-bios/mao/faculty.html or http://www.termis.org/election/Mao_bio.pdf


Ravindra Nanda, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D.
Head, Craniofacial Science
Division Chair, Orthodontics, University of Connecticut

Dr. Nanda received his orthodontic training first at Lucknow University, India, then from the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the University of Connecticut. He also received a Ph.D. from the University of Nijmegen. Dr. Nanda has done extensive research during the last 30 years in the areas of cleft lip and palate, orthopedic forces and long-term growth with orthognathic surgery in adolescents, and most recently on clinical orthodontic trials and the application of biomechanics in busy orthodontic practices. He has authored and coauthored three orthodontic books and more than 100 scientific and clinical articles in major journals. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. Dr. Nanda is an internationally recognized expert on almost every facet of the orthodontic industry, and has often been called the “father of biomechanics” in orthodontics. For more information about Dr. Nanda, please follow the link http://orthodontics.uchc.edu/faculty/bios/nanda.html or http://www.jco-online.com/archive/article-view.aspx?year=2007&month=03&articlenum=139


Kang Ting, Ph.D., D.M.D., D.D.S.
Professor and Chair of Orthodontics
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, UCLA

Dr. Ting received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine and completed his postdoctoral orthodontic residency and also received the Doctorate of Medical Sciences from Harvard. Currently, he is an Endowed Full Professor and the Chair of the Orthodontics Department at UCLA. He is also an attending doctor in the Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic at UCLA Medical Center. His main research interest is in the molecular genetics of craniofacial development and in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. For more information on Dr. Ting, please follow the link http://www.dentistry.ucla.edu/faculty/Ting.html


Paul Korne, D.D.S., M.Cl.D.
Assistant Professor, McGill University
Former President, Canadian Association of Orthodontists

After graduating from dental school at McGill University in 1986, Dr. Korne completed a residency program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He was then awarded his master’s degree in orthodontics at the University of Western Ontario in London. His main interest lies in the field of orthodontic biomechanics, the science that deals with the application of forces to the teeth and supporting tissues. Although Dr. Korne has been in clinical orthodontic practice since 1988, he is also an assistant professor at McGill University, where he has been teaching second year dental students since 1990. He is an active and contributing member of many dental societies and associations, and is a past president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. For more information about Dr. Korne, please follow the link http://www.korneortho.com/about.asp


Clinton Rubin, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York (SUNY), Stonybrook

Dr. Rubin’s work is targeted toward understanding the cellular mechanisms responsible for the growth, healing, and homeostasis of bone. More specifically, this work focuses on how biophysical stimuli (i.e., mechanical, electrical, temperature, magnetic, pressure) mediate these responses. The clinical significance of this work is applicable to the inhibition of osteopenia, the promotion of bony ingrowth, and the acceleration of fracture healing. Dr. Rubin is a fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers, and a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, two Kappa Delta Awards from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the John Charnley Award from the Hip Society, the Fuller Albright Award from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, and the Giovanni Borelli Award from the American Society of Biomechanics. Dr. Rubin’s work is currently funded by National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Whitaker Foundation, private industry and the New York Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research. Dr. Rubin holds twelve patents, with three pending, in the area of wound repair and treatment of bone disease; at least two start-up companies have been formed from these patents. For more information about Dr. Rubin, please follow the link http://www.bme.sunysb.edu/bme/people/faculty/c_rubin.html


Michael Liebschner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of BioEngineering, Rice University
Director, Computational and Experimental BioMechanics Laboratory

Dr. Liebschner’s research interests lie in computational and experimental methods for biomechanical research. In an interdisciplinary effort, he and his laboratory are developing minimally invasive surgical techniques for treating osteoporitic fractures and for preventive treatment of low-density vertebrae in individuals who have not yet fractured a vertebra. Dr. Liebschner has expert knowledge in computer simulation and biomechanical evaluation for the optimization of surgical procedures and implant designs for treatment planning and surgical optimization. He has been highly efficient in coordinating the design and development process of implants and diagnostics with medical professionals and corporate partners. Additionally, Dr. Liebschner is the co-founder of BioSonic, a medical device start-up interested in the development of new diagnostics for bone quality assessment; he also serves as an expert witness due to his extensive expertise in medical devices. For more information about Dr. Liebschner, please follow the link http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ceblab/