Rabie Shanti Returns to RSDM to Shape Cancer Care and Pay it Forward

Kardelen Koldas | December 5, 2022

Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Rabie Shanti is no stranger to Rutgers. After finishing his DMD at Harvard University, he came to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School for his MD and later became a resident at RSDM’s oral and maxillofacial program. “When I came to interview for residency, I was just blown away […]


Tehran to New Jersey: Pediatric Dentist Chases Dreams

Kardelen Koldas | November 29, 2022

Since high school, Iranian native Ali Baghalian dreamt of a U.S. education. But economic constraints held him back. He attended dental school in his home country, where public schools are free, and launched his career there. Two years ago, his dreams came true when he enrolled in RSDM’s Pediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Program. “The moment I […]


Modupe CokerRSDM Researcher to Embark on New Study on Oral HPV

Kardelen Koldas | November 18, 2022

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) researcher and assistant professor of oral biology Modupe Coker will be awarded a $4.5 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant for her five-year project titled “HPV, HIV, and Oral Microbiota Interplay in Nigerian Youth.” “We already know there is a higher risk […]


Donors and Scholars Meet in Person after Two Years

Kardelen Koldas | November 9, 2022

After two years of virtual gatherings, RSDM’s annual donor/scholar reception was held in person this year on Nov. 2 and brought together alumni, donors, and scholars for a celebration. “It’s really an honor to be able to host a scholarship dinner,” said Dean Cecile Feldman. “[Scholarship] really is a very, very special gift. It gives […]