Dr. Gili Naveh
Dr. Gili Naveh is an orthodontist (graduated from Boston University and practicing in the Harvard Faculty Group Practice) and a researcher studying the structure and function relations of ligaments utilizing the Periodontal Ligament (PDL) as a study model.
Dr. Naveh received her DMD from Tel Aviv University, Israel in 2005, and thereafter while practicing as a general dentist, completed her MSc at the Hebrew University. There, combining chemistry and dentistry, she created a method for lowering friction in dental and medical devices using nanoparticles. In 2013 she completed her PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, deciphering multi rooted tooth function and the PDL collagenous structure using a unique 3D visualization method she developed. In 2104, Dr. Naveh joined Bjorn Olsen’s lab at HSDM to further study the structure – function relations in the PDL. In her postdoctoral studies 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 contribution of internal forces in the PDL to tooth movement as well as other 3D structural features and their functional implications are now being further investigated in the Naveh Lab at HSDM.
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. We also employ 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.
The Naveh lab is now interested in recruiting students and postdoctoral candidates with backgrounds in biomechanics, bone signaling pathways, optogenetics or 3D modeling. Previous experience and computational skills are desirable.
More information can be found on the Naveh lab website