Pamela Yelick, PhD

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Professor of Oral Pathology



BA, Biochemistry, Smith College
PhD, Biology, Tufts University
Postdoctoral Training, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Harvard University


Campus: Boston
Laboratory: M&V 824

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-2430
Lab Phone: 617-636-4011
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Website  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics


Research Synopsis

My research on craniofacial and dental tissue development and regeneration uses two approaches.  I use the principles of tissue engineering, using post-natal epithelial and mesenchymal dental stem cells, seeded onto biodegradable scaffolds and implanted in an in vivo model, to regenerate organized tooth crowns, periodontal tissues, and whole teeth.  My laboratory also exploits the developmental model of the zebrafish, using a mutagenesis approach combined with an in vivo mineralized tissue stain, to identify craniofacial, and primary and replacement tooth mutants.  The synergistic effects of these two approaches provide a unique opportunity to identify genes regulating craniofacial and replacement tooth formation, and to test them in clinically relevant model systems.


Lab Members

Melissa LaBonty, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Jimmy Chen, DMD Student Send an e-mail 
Arwa Khayat, MS Student in Dental Research Send an e-mail 
John Lyons, Research Technician Send an e-mail
Charles Pham, Zebrafish Techincian Send an e-mail
Stephen Reichheld, DMD Student Send an e-mail 
Elizabeth Smith, PhD Student in Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Andrew Taylor, Zebrafish Techincian Send an e-mail 
Kei Thurber, Undergraduate Research Intern Send an e-mail 
Allison Yantz, Laboratory Manager Send an e-mail 
Weibo Zhang, Research Associate Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

Apply for 2017 Admission


The priority application deadline for PhD programs is December 1, 2016.