Kevin Bartman's transfer to the PhD program was approved by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Bartman passed the Department of Biochemistry Qualifying Exam "With Distinction" (this designation is given when a student achieves a score of 4 out of 5 or higher). The qualifying exam consisted of a written proposal of Kevin’s research project being examined by faculty, followed by an oral exam.
Project Title: Bone sialoprotein in acellular cementum development and osteoarthritis
Kevin’s project addresses the role of Bone Sialoprotein (BSP) in the skeletal system, and in particular in the context of osteoarthritis. This is highly relevant to field of Dentistry, such as general tooth development, orthodontics and osteoarthritis of the temporo-mandibular joint.
Kevin is co-supervised by Dr. Harvey Goldberg (Dentistry & Biochemistry) and Dr. Frank Beier (Dentistry & Physiology and Pharmacology).