The Naveh Lab, led by Dr. Gili Naveh, studys the structure and function relations of ligaments utilizing the Periodontal Ligament (PDL) as a study model. Dr. Naveh showed that the PDL is pre-programmed as a non-uniform structure even before gain of function. Moreover, the non-uniformity drives internal forces in the PDL that might direct tooth movement. The Lab studies the contribution of internal forces in the PDL to tooth movement as well as other 3D structural features and their functional implications.
Combining powerful imaging tools together with biology and engineering, the Naveh Lab is aiming to unravel the structure – function relations in the PDL in particular and in ligaments in general. The Lab also employs a translational approach intended to lead to new paths in ligament and bone regeneration therapies as well as to new approaches to controlled and predicted tooth movement.
For more information, please visit the Naveh Lab web page.