About Our Staff
Edward F. Rossomando | Edward Janicki | Matthew Moura
Edward F. Rossomando, D.D.S., Ph.D., M.S.
Dr. Edward F. Rossomando is the founder and Director of the Biodontics® Program at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Rossomando is a professor in the Department of BioStructure and Function, School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut in Farmington. He has taught and carried out research at the Dental School since 1972. He introduced Biodontics® into the undergraduate dental school curriculum in 1973 and has taught molecular, cellular and developmental biology to undergraduate dental and medical students, dental residents and graduate students. He has also taught these subjects in continuing education courses.
His research has focused on developmental and molecular biology and during his research career federal agencies, states agencies, international organizations, philanthropic organizations, private industry and private individuals have funded his work. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, authored or edited three books, and lectured at numerous universities in the United States and in Europe, Asia and the former Soviet Union. He has been a member of several journal editorial boards and has organized and participated in numerous symposia, conferences and workshops. He holds a patent for monitoring biochemicals in body fluids including the gingival crevice and saliva and has been involved in the formation of several companies. He has been active in promoting research activities of undergraduate dental students. In 1980 he founded the Dental Student Research Society at the School of Dental Medicine and he was the first PI on a NIDCR grant to support dental student research.
He is also the founder and Director of the Waterborne Disease Center (WDC), an organization dedicated to developing solutions to global and national health problems caused by waterborne diseases. The WDC promotes research, education and the development of public policy to protect our water and our health. The WDC has worked with state, federal and international agencies including the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. For more information about the WDC please visit www.waterbornediseases.org.
In 1998, Dr. Rossomando was invited by the Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to evaluate the institute’s efforts in commercialization of discoveries and to develop a program on commercialization of research discoveries. While on a leave of absence from the University, he was appointed Coordinator of the NIDCR’s program on New Products and Technologies. In 2000, Dr. Rossomando received the NIDCR Director’s Exemplary Service Award for his work in developing the Institute’s commercialization program.
Dr. Rossomando earned his BS from the University of Vermont, his DDS degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the Rockefeller University and a MS degree in Management of Technology from Rensselaer Institute.
Until his retirement at the end of 2001, Dr. Janicki was Special Assistant to the President of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, and had been on assignment to the NIDCR as Special Assistant for Planning, Technology Transfer and Management from 1999 through 2001. He now is a self-employed consultant in areas of research planning, administration and technology transfer.
From 1987 through 1998, as Dana-Farber's Director for Research, he had administrative responsibility for all aspects of the research program, including the offices of grants and contracts, intellectual property protection and technology transfer. He provided senior management leadership in research program development by identifying resources, recruiting scientific staff, and securing financial support through fund raising, as well as by guiding staff career development, planning multi-disciplinary research project proposals, and preparing the Institute's annual report and requests for external support. During this period, he received grant awards from NIAID, NCI, and NCRR and was the Associate Director for the Institute's Comprehensive Cancer Center award from NCI.
From 1974 to 1987, Dr. Janicki was an NIH Health Scientist Administrator in NIAID's Extramural Program, initially as Chief of the Immunobiology and Immunochemistry Branch and subsequently as Deputy Director of the NIAID Immunology, Allergic and Immunologic Diseases Program. In these roles, he managed an extensive portfolio of extramural research grant, contract, training, and career development awards. He also served as a liaison with other Federal and foreign government agencies, lay constituencies and national and foreign scientific organizations.
From 1955 to 1974, he was a Research Microbiologist and Chief of the Pulmonary Immunology Research Laboratory at the Veterans Administration Center in Washington, DC. In this role, Dr. Janicki developed and supervised an independent basic and clinical research program in the immunology of pulmonary diseases. In addition, he provided laboratory training for clinical fellows and graduate students and administered the hospital-wide research and education programs. Dr. Janicki’s research activities were supported by the Veterans Administration as well as by grants from NIAID, NSF and the National Tuberculosis Association.
Dr. Janicki has held consultant positions with NIAID and NCRR, the Jackson Laboratory, Upstate Biotechnology Inc. and the Massachusetts Biological Laboratories and has been a committee member for the National Academy of Sciences and the International Council of Scientific Unions. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Type Culture Collection. Currently, he is a consultant to The Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Janicki earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Delaware and the Ph.D. degree at the George Washington University. He has held faculty appointments at American University, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Maryland, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Harvard Medical School.
Mr. Mathew Moura is the Center for Research and Education in Technology Evaluation’s (CRETE) Director of Educational and Special Programs at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Mr. Moura earned a BA in History and English Literature from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
Mr. Moura has published several articles, served as fiction editor of the Long River Review, and has taught in the Connecticut public school system. He joined CRETE in 2006.