Undergraduate College/University: State University of New York at Stony Brook
I am Stony Brook student pursuing a DDS and Ph.D. in the form of a 7-year combined degree program. Since being an undergraduate at Stony Brook and a participant in the Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE), I have worked in Dr. Christopher Cutler’s lab in the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. I have worked to identify a possible mechanism by which the glycosylated minor fimbriae of the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis, an important agent in chronic periodontitis, targets dendritic cells and invades them through the C-type lectin receptor DC-SIGN. I am also interested in the possible communication between the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system via neutrophils and dendritic cells, respectively, and what consequences this interaction may have on the pathogenicity of P. gingivalis. I hope to present this work at the 2010 AADR meeting in San Diego, California.
Honors and Achievements:
5/2009 Pre-D1 Fellowship for Summer Research, Dept. of Periodontics, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
3/2010-present Secretary, Student Research Group Chapter of AADR NSRG, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
2010 Co-author on abstract (Native 67 kDa minor fimbriae of Porphyromonas gingivalis: a novel glycoprotein with DC-SIGN-targeting motifs) at the American Association of Immunologists Meeting, Baltimore Maryland
4/2010 Best Poster Award at Leo Sreebny Dental Student Research Day
5/2010 Dental Fellowship for Summer Research, Dept. of Periodontics, Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine
10/2010 Selected to represent Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine at the Hinman Student Research Symposium, Memphis. Tennessee
Zeituni, A, E. Scisci, W. McCaig D. G. Thanassi, and C.W. Cutler. 2010. DC-SIGN targeting carbohydrate moieties identified on 67 kDa mfa-1 fimbriae of mucosal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis
Abstract # 42.7. American Association of Immunologists, May7-11, Baltimore, Maryland Program
Zeituni, A, W. McCaig, E. Scisci, D. G. Thanassi, and C.W. Cutler. 2010. Native 67 kDa minor fimbriae of Porphyromonas gingivalis: a novel glycoprotein with DC-SIGN-targeting motifs. Journal of Bacteriology. 192(16):4103-10.