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Vol. LXVII, No. 13
June 19, 2015

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New Scientific Appointments at NIDCR

Dr. James E. Melvin

Dr. James E. Melvin (above) and Dr. Janice S. Lee

Dr. Janice S. Lee
Dr. James E. Melvin, who has been clinical director at NIDCR since 2010, recently became deputy scientific director. Dr. Janice S. Lee was appointed new clinical director.

“Dr. Melvin’s outstanding leadership during his 5-year tenure as clinical director has made a difference in the lives of the patients who visit our dental clinic and in the lives and careers of the clinical fellows who are trained and mentored here,” said NIDCR director Dr. Martha Somerman. “And, in the short time Dr. Lee has been intramural deputy clinical director, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding leader with a deep comprehension of the importance of basic research as well as the tireless dedication to translating preclinical research results into protocols for clinical studies.”

While clinical director, Melvin established a clinical fellows training program to provide a mentored experience grounded in basic research. In addition, he created a competitive K22 grant mechanism to support fellows’ mentored transition to independent research and he built support mechanisms and staffing for development, review and execution of clinical research protocols.

Melvin is an internationally renowned researcher who has made landmark contributions to the field of salivary gland physiology. As a senior investigator in the secretory mechanisms and dysfunction section, he focuses on elucidating the ion transport mechanisms of salivary glands.

Before becoming clinical director, Melvin was professor of pharmacology and physiology in the Center for Oral Biology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. He held numerous appointments at the University of Rochester, where he received tenure in 1997 and where he published more than 92 papers. Melvin received a D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University, earned a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Rochester and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at what was then the National Institute of Dental Research.

Lee, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, joined NIDCR as deputy clinical director in 2013, after a decade at the University of California, San Francisco. Her clinical and translational research program is exploring the natural history and genetic etiology of craniofacial anomalies and growth abnormalities. Her research interests include bone regeneration and stem cell biology, craniofacial congenital anomalies, fibrous dysplasia and McCune-Albright syndrome.

Before joining NIDCR, she was professor of clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery and departmental vice chair at the UCSF department of oral & maxillofacial surgery. Lee has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, dozens of abstracts and poster presentations and several book chapters. She earned a D.D.S. and an M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University and a 2-year research fellowship in NIDCR’s Craniofacial and Skeletal Diseases Branch.

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