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Gena D. Tribble, PhD

Title: Associate Professor
Office: BBS-5318
Phone: 713-486-4483
Department/Administrative Area: Periodontics & Dental Hygiene

Periodontitis is a chronically progressing opportunistic bacterial infection, involving the connective tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. Dr. Tribble focuses her research studies on two groups of anaerobic bacteria associated with periodontitis, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella spp. In particular, she investigates the molecular mechanisms of horizontal DNA transfer in oral microbial communities, and the biological consequences of gene exchange with regard to biofilm infections and bacterial pathogenicity.