Ava K Chow

Summary:

My research program is divided into three different themes. The foundational (basic science) aspect of my work explores the mechanisms that regulate movement of substances between cells by caveolin proteins as it relates to oral and systemic health, including juvenile periodontal disease and the dramatic oral changes that occur during adolescence, pregnancy and menopause. The translational component of my work uses fundamental research to address clinical questions and this stream of my research intersects with my role as an educator, as undergraduate students are often introduced to the research process in these clinically relevant projects. Finally, my educational research focuses on student educational experience as they train to become oral health professionals. The ultimate goals of my research are to contribute to the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms that underlie oral health and to optimize the training and experience of those who are to become the oral health practitioners and researchers of the future.