PhD candidiate
University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry
Minneapolis Minnesota UNITED STATES

Dina Moussa is a NIH-postdoctoral fellow in the Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program, in the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota. She is a dentist by training and her passion for clinical research motivated her to pursue a Master’s degree in Operative Dentistry and Endodontics, Mansoura University, Egypt. Dr. Moussa first developed her basic research expertise by joining a craniofacial development project in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. Then, she became interested in trans-disciplinary research work to solve problems with solutions beyond the scope of a single knowledge area. She pursued her PhD in the Oral Biology Program at the University of Minnesota. During her PhD, Dr. Moussa integrated biomaterials and biophysical sciences, microbiology, metagenomics, advanced bioimaging, and biomechanics disciplines with her clinical expertise to develop a new technology for resisting recurrent caries and enhancing the service life of adhesive-based restorations. Currently, Dr. Moussa is integrating advanced bioimaging, metagenomics, and metabolomics to study the etiology of dental caries through tracking how carious lesions and microbiota reciprocally influence each other at the disease onset and after the disease progression. Dr. Moussa’s ultimate aim is to prevent the progression of dental caries and develop targeted prophylactic approaches.