Pamela C. Yelick, PhD

Tenured Professor in the Department of Orthodontics
Director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics at Tufts University

The distinguished NCTERMS 2017 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Pamela C. Yelick of Tufts University.

Topic: Strategies for Dental Tissue Engineering.

Dr. Yelick is a tenured Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, and Director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics at Tufts University, Boston MA.  Dr.  Yelick received her undergraduate degree from Smith College, Northampton MA (1979), and her Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University (1989).  Dr. Yelick received further training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA (1989-1991), and as a Research Associate at the Harvard Biological Laboratories, Harvard University, Cambridge MA (1991-1993).  Dr. Yelick started her own lab as an Assistant Member of Staff at the Forsyth Institute, Boston MA, in 1993, where she was employed for 14 years before being recruited to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2005.

Dr. Yelick’s research focuses on mineralized tissue development, homeostasis, disease and regeneration. The research models used in the Yelick Lab include three dimensional tissue engineering models for tooth and bone regeneration, animal models (rat, rabbit, pig), and zebrafish models for human craniofacial and skeletal disease.  Her published research has led to the development of novel approaches to bioengineer dental tissues, including whole tooth crowns and surrounding alveolar bone.  Her research has also identified novel genes regulating craniofacial and skeletal development in the zebrafish, which are directly relevant to human development and disease.

Dr. Yelick has received NIH funding since 1991, and received R01 support from the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine 2 (AFIRM2) in 2014.  In 2015, Dr. Yelick received one of ten NIH/NIDCR funded Planning Grants to establish a Dental Oral and Craniofacial Translational Resource Center (DOC-TRC) at Tufts University.  She has served as a permanent and ad hoc member of MTE (2007-2011, 2011-2015), SBDD, ODCS and Dev NIH Study Sections, and has served as reviewer for CIRM, NSF, March of Dimes and the New York Stem Cell Culture and Tissue Engineering Panel.  Dr. Yelick reviews manuscripts for numerous developmental and tissue engineering journals.

Dr. Yelick has authored over 150 publications and holds 3 patents.  Her research has been cited over 3060 times, and she has an h-index of 28.   She has given more than 200 invited lectures both nationally and internationally.  Dr. Yelick is a long term Member of the International and American Association for Dental Research (since 1993), and TERMIS-AM (since 2000).  She has received numerous awards and honors for her research including the Warner-Lambert Young Investigator Fellowship (1994-1995), the William J. Geis Award in Biomaterials & Bioengineering Research (2004), Elected Council Member to TERMIS-NA (2009), Election to the Robert R. Andrews Honor Society (2013), Elected Honorary Membership in the XI-XI Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (2013), and The Distinguished Scientist Award – Isaac Schour memorial Award of the International Association for Dental Research (2017).  Dr. Yelick is Past-Treasurer of the American Association for Dental Research (2013- 2016).

Dr. Yelick has mentored 10 Ph.D. and M.A. graduate students, more than 30 technicians, and more than 30 Postdoctoral and Research Associate Trainees many of whom have continued their careers at academic institutions including the University of Rochester, U. Mass Amherst, U. Mass Dartmouth, and the University of Oregon Health Science Center, Portland OR, among others.