Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) was recently honored for its diversity and inclusion efforts, receiving a 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Award honors colleges and universities nationwide that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Thirty-six new DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) students arrived on campus in early August eager to begin their dental careers at Harvard. The enrollees hail from 16 states and join HSDM from more than 27 different colleges and universities. They were selected from a group of over 1,000 prospective students, representing just under 5% of the applicant pool.
Dr. Yingzi Yang, professor of developmental biology at HSDM, leads a laboratory of seven postdoctoral researchers and three visiting scholars researching skeletal development—particularly how the skeletal system forms and how skeletal diseases arise.
“We have a long-standing interest in skeletal development, although most of the time we are investigating how the skeletal system forms, our ultimate goal is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning skeletal diseases,” Yang...