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‘Bouquot-to-Go’ Award Sends Student to IADR Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:47pm

From left are AADR Houston Section Research Committee Chair Dr. Ariadne Letra; Dr. Jacqueline Hecht, associate dean   for research; Dr. Jerry Bouquot, retired chair, Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences; award recipient   Elizabeth "Lizzie" May; her mentor, Dr. Gena Tribble, president-elect of the AADR Houston Section; and Dr. Rade   Paravina, current president.

From left are AADR Houston Section Research Committee Chair Dr. Ariadne Letra; Dr. Jacqueline Hecht, associate dean for research; Dr. Jerry Bouquot, retired chair, Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences; award recipient Elizabeth "Lizzie" May; her mentor, Dr. Gena Tribble, president-elect of the AADR Houston Section; and Dr. Rade Paravina, current president.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" May, a second-year dental student at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, is the first recipient of the Bouquot-to-Go Student Award for Innovation in Research.

The award was established by now-retired Professor and Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences Department Chair Jerry Bouquot, DDS, MSD, to recognize one outstanding UTSD student researcher each year and pay for that student to travel to the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) conference. May attended the IADR annual meeting in Seattle in March. 

She was selected by the Houston Section of the American Association for Dental Research for her research presentation,  “Understanding Bacterial Competition Mechanisms between Porphyromonas Gingivalis Strains.”  Her faculty sponsor was Gena Tribble, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

May did her research in Tribble’s microbiology lab, and the mentor was pleased that May was able to attend the IADR meeting.

"I'm very excited for Lizzie to receive this award," Tribble said. "This was an unusual project and she worked very hard to establish the correct conditions to make these observations about bacterial interaction in a dental plaque biofilm. I know that Lizzie and I are both very proud that she was the first student to benefit from this opportunity."   

Bouquot was chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTSD for eight years before his retirement in 2012. He now resides in West Virginia, where he was a long-time faculty member at the West Virginia University School of Dentistry before coming to UTSD. He is currently director of research for the Maxillofacial Center for Education and Diagnostics