Giannobile Laboratory

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About the Giannobile Lab


Dean Giannobile has maintained a continuously NIH-funded research program over the past 25 years, and serves as co-principal investigator for the NIDCR supported Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center. The goal of the Center is to translate early stage dental, oral, and craniofacial reconstructive technologies into clinical practice.

He has produced over 300 manuscripts, textbook chapters, and patents focused on periodontology, regenerative medicine, and oral health research. Dr. Giannobile recently completed a 10-year term as the Editor-in- Chief for the Journal of Dental Research, the official journal of the International Association for Dental Research. He serves as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for dental devices, and Associate Editor for the upcoming Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health – 2021.

His current lab has funded projects on bone anabolic agents for rebuilding bone around teeth and dental implants, gene delivery approaches to accelerate dental implant osseointegration, and precision medicine work for patient stratification by genetic and epigenetic methods via saliva diagnostics. Much of this work involves both translational research and clinical research approaches to better diagnose and treat patients through implementation of human clinical trials.

Lab Team


Jim Sugai Jim Sugai is the Senior Research Laboratory Specialist in the Giannobile Lab at the University of Michigan Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine. Jim will provide remote oversight of the Giannobile Lab.

Shogo MaekawaShogo Maekawa, DDS, PhD, Osteology Research Scholar and postdoctoral fellow in Oral Medicine, Infection and Immunity. Dr. Maekawa received his DDS and PhD from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU). Prior to joining HSDM and the University of Michigan, he was an Specially-appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontology at the TMDU, and currently he is an adjunct instructor at TMDU.