4 Faculty Promoted

Ann Arbor, MI — August 19, 2010 — Four University of Michigan School of Dentistry faculty members will have new titles after their names beginning September 1. U-M Regents approved their promotions in May. The four are:

Woosung Sohn, DDS, MS, PhD, DrPH, to associate professor of dentistry, from assistant professor of dentistry. Sohn is a member of the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics with an adjunct appointment in the School of Public Health. He has been instrumental in organizing new emphases in dental public health content within the new dental curriculum. His research focuses on understanding the risk factors that contribute to dental disease in underserved populations.

Under his leadership, the School of Dentistry is re-initiating a certificate and master’s program in Dental Public Health. Sohn is also a graduate of the ADEA’s Leadership Institute, chair of the Program Planning Committee for the American Public Health Association, and an active reviewer for 13 journals in dentistry and public health. His research has been part of several major NIH grants. He has also published more than 60 scholarly articles.


Tatiana Botero, DDS, MS, to clinical associate professor of dentistry from clinical assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics.

A member of the School of Dentistry faculty since 2001, Botero earned her dental degree in Colombia in 1987, received specialty training and a degree in endodontics in 1995, and worked in a private practice in Colombia from 1989-2000. She earned an advanced specialty certificate in endodontics from U-M in 2005.

Botero teaches endodontics to graduates and undergraduates and also practices endodontics as a member of the School’s Dental Faculty Associates facility. Her research interests focus on caries-induced dental pulp angiogenesis, specifically the vascular changes that occur in pulpitis and the role of VEGF (a key molecule in angiogenesis) and mechanisms involved in its expression. These investigations will introduce further possible therapeutic targets to prevent the progression of this pulpitis into a neurotic pulp. Her research images were featured earlier this year on the cover of the Journal of Dental Research.



Christine Klausner, BS, MS, to clinical associate professor of dentistry from clinical assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine.

A full-time faculty member at the School of Dentistry since 2001, Klausner earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the School of Dentistry in 1972 and a master’s degree from U-M the following year. She is also teaches in the School’s dental hygiene E-Learning Online Degree Completion Program.

Klausner is a co-investigator in a clinical research project examining the effect of the reaction of specific proteins to inflammation. Her research interests are in the area of peer teaching as a teaching strategy with dental hygiene students and using technology as a communication tool for case-based instruction. Klausner is a member of ADHA and ADEA, serves on the ADA’s National Board Test Construction Review Committee, and has been an examiner for the registered dental assistant licensing examination with the State Board of Dentistry.


Jose Vivas, DDS, to clinical associate professor of dentistry from clinical assistant professor of dentistry in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics.

Vivas, who has been with the School of Dentistry since 1997, directs the dental anatomy course for first-year dental students in the School’s preclinical laboratory, teaches restorative dentistry in the undergraduate and clinics, and directs a core component of the Internationally Trained Dentists Program. He received the Instructor of the Year Award for 2007-2008 from the Michigan Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. The award is presented to dental faculty members who have been recognized by the instructor’s academic colleagues for their outstanding contributions to dental education. His dental anatomy course has received special acclaim for its early adoption of new teaching approaches and specialized techniques.


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