Stefan Ruhl, an internationally famend professional on saliva, oral micro organism and the oral microbiome, will function interim dean of the Faculty of Dental Medication, efficient Jan. 6.
The announcement was made yesterday in a university-wide memo from A. Scott Weber, provost and govt vice chairman for tutorial affairs, and Allison Brashear, vice chairman for well being sciences and dean of the Jacobs Faculty of Medication and Biomedical Sciences.
Ruhl succeeds Joseph Zambon, who’s retiring after 39 years of service to UB.
“We’re grateful to Dr. Ruhl for his management and repair throughout this transitional interval, throughout which period we are going to launch a world seek for the subsequent dean of the Faculty of Dental Medication,” Weber and Brashear stated within the memo.
“I’m humbled by the quantity of help I obtained from colleagues at our college, and am extremely excited for the chance that lies forward for all of us,” Ruhl stated. “I see nice potential for becoming a member of forces with the medical college and the opposite well being professions at UB for the advantage of science, pupil schooling and serving the underserved within the Buffalo and Western New York space.”
A fellow of the American Affiliation for the Development of Science, Ruhl is a professor and affiliate chair of the Division of Oral Biology.
A extremely prolific scholar, his analysis seeks to unravel the roles that saliva and microorganisms play in well being, together with in adhesion to the enamel and surfaces of the mouth, protection in opposition to pathogens and colonization of the oral cavity.
Ruhl investigates the molecular mechanisms of microbial binding to glycans, a standard however little understood class of biomolecules that assist micro organism connect to host surfaces, together with these within the mouth. The aim of his lab is to harness instruments that in the end assist scientists look at how the microorganisms bind to glycans within the mouth to kind oral biofilms — extra generally often known as dental plaque — growing the chance for cavities and periodontal illness.
He was among the many first researchers to catalogue the human salivary proteome, which is everything of proteins current in saliva and in salivary gland ductal secretions. Ruhl has led or participated in latest research which have recognized how saliva is made, tracing every salivary protein again to its supply. He helped curate the Human Salivary Proteome Wiki, the primary public platform that catalogs knowledge on every of the 1000’s of proteins contained in saliva. His work additionally led to the identification of a starch-digesting enzyme known as amylase within the saliva of canines and varied different mammals for the primary time.
Ruhl has explored saliva to grasp the components that helped form human evolution and, particularly, the evolution of the human mouth atmosphere. Collectively along with his co-workers, he discovered genetic proof in saliva that people might have mated with a ghost species of archaic people, and found that 2 million years of consuming meat and cooked meals has led people to develop a saliva that’s now starkly completely different from that of chimpanzees and gorillas, our closest genetic kin.
Ruhl joined the UB school in 2007 from the College of Regensburg, Germany, the place he was a professor of operative dentistry and periodontology, and actively participated in scientific and tutorial pupil educating and affected person remedy.
“My colleagues right here at UB know me primarily as a scientist, however many don’t know that I labored in personal dental observe for 2 years and was energetic for greater than 12 years in tutorial scientific dentistry. I do know our occupation from each side of the spectrum, and that’s the reason I consider I can bridge these two domains at our college,” Ruhl stated.
Along with his present affiliate chair function, Ruhl is director of the Superior Coaching in Oral Biology program, and beforehand served as appearing chair of the Division of Oral Biology from 2019-20.
He’s the previous president of the Worldwide Affiliation for Dental Analysis (IADR) Salivary Analysis Group. The IADR acknowledged Ruhl with the Distinguished Scientist Award in Salivary Analysis in 2020 and the Salivary Researcher of the 12 months Award in 2014. He additionally serves as editor-in-chief of Medical Oral Investigations, affiliate editor of JADA Foundational Science, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Dental Analysis.
He holds a physician of dental surgical procedure diploma and a doctoral diploma in immunology from the Georg-August College of Göttingen.