Sok-Ja Janket, DDS, MS, DMD, MPH
Research Associate Professor
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Dept of General Dentistry

MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
DMD, University of Connecticut
DDS, Seoul National University

After graduating from Seoul National University, College of Dentistry Summa cum laude and the DDS degree, Dr. Janket studied orthodontics at the same institution and received the Master of Science degree. She continued her study in orthodontics in the U.S. under renowned orthodontic researcher, Dr. Charles J. Burstone at the University of Connecticut. After Following the research in the biomechanics of orthodontic tooth movement, Dr. Janket enrolled in an advanced standing program at the University of Connecticut and received the DMD degree. Upon acquiring her dental license, Dr. Janket practiced clinical dentistry as a staff dentist and subsequently as dental director at the regional senior center in Connecticut.
After working as a dental clinician for 20 years, Dr. Janket started her second career as a researcher by earning a fellowship from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in geriatric dentistry. She studied epidemiology, biostatistics and oral biology for 2 years and accumulated 32.5 academic credits.
At the end of her geriatric fellowship, she won another fellowship from the Department of Veterans Affairs where she researched medication-induced xerostomia and its impact on oral health under Dr. Judith A Jones. Simultaneously, she got accepted in the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program at the Harvard School of Public Health. During the MPH course work, she acquired an additional 40 credits in epidemiology or biostatistics resulting in the total accrual of 72.5 credits from Harvard University. She was particularly interested in prediction modeling and her first paper was published in The Lancet.

After graduating from Harvard School of Public Health with an MPH degree, she continued her research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Preventive Medicine, Harvard School of Medicine, studying carbohydrate metabolism under Dr. Simin Liu. Her research focus was on the role of glycemic index (GI) in the pathogenesis of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. During this time, Dr. Janket published several papers on nutrition and diabetes prevention as well as on the relationship of oral health and cardiovascular diseases.

In 2004, Dr. Janket joined the faculty of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in the Department of General Dentistry. She continues her research in glucose metabolism, oral infection in relation to inflammatory vascular pathology such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases while publishing 29 papers on the topic in 10 years. Currently, her research interests are expanding towards immunological aspects of inflammatory diseases as well as the molecular basis of autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. She has recently presented her prediction modeling for Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease, at the 9th International Autoimmunity Congress in March 2014, at Nice, France. She also wrote a chapter on the relationship of oral infections and autoimmune diseases in the book “Infection and Autoimmunity” as lead author in January, 2015.

2006-2010 American Heart Association: National Scientist Development Award
2001-2001 International Association for Dental Research: Morita Junior Investigator Award in Geriatric Oral Research
1999-2000 Harvard School of Dental Medicine : Tuition Scholarship for Master of Public Health
1999-2001 Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, MA: Dental Research Fellowship
1997-1999 Harvard School of Dental Medicine: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
1971-1971 Seoul National University: Summa cum Laude
1967-1971 Seoul National University: Sam Sung Excellence in Higher Education scholarship
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  1. Meurman JH, Janket SJ, Surakka M, Jackson EA, Ackerson LK, Fakhri HR, Chogle S, Walls A. Lower risk for cardiovascular mortality for patients with root filled teeth in a Finnish population. Int Endod J. 2017 Dec; 50(12):1158-1168.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28332718; DOI: 10.1111/iej.12772;.
  2. Janket SJ, Ackerson LK, Meurman JH. Potential reverse causation? Int J Cancer. 2017 05 01; 140(9):2168. PMID: 28124450; DOI: 10.1002/ijc.30624;.
  3. Janket SJ, Javaheri H, Ackerson LK, Ayilavarapu S, Meurman JH. Oral Infections, Metabolic Inflammation, Genetics, and Cardiometabolic Diseases. J Dent Res. 2015 Sep; 94(9 Suppl):119S-27S.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25840582; DOI: 10.1177/0022034515580795;.
  4. Janket SJ, Ackerson LK. What is passing through toll gate 4: lipids or infection? Arch Oral Biol. 2015 Apr; 60(4):664-6. PMID: 25645352; DOI: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2015.01.007;.
  5. Janket SJ. Scaling and root-planing (SRP) may improve glycemic control and lipid profile in patients with chronic periodontitis (CP) and type 2 diabetes (DM2) in a specific subgroup: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2014 Mar; 14(1):31-3. PMID: 24581710; DOI: 10.1016/j.jebdp.2014.01.007;.
  6. Janket SJ, Baird AE, Jones JA, Jackson EA, Surakka M, Tao W, Meurman JH, Van Dyke TE. Number of teeth, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and cardiovascular mortality: a 15-year follow-up study in a Finnish cohort. J Clin Periodontol. 2014 Feb; 41(2):131-40.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24354534; PMCID: PMC3934352; DOI: 10.1111/jcpe.12192;.
  7. Janket SJ, Surakka M, Jones JA, Lam A, Schnell RA, Rose LM, Walls AW, Meurman JH. Removable dental prostheses and cardiovascular survival: a 15-year follow-up study. J Dent. 2013 Aug; 41(8):740-6.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23770385; DOI: 10.1016/j.jdent.2013.05.009;.
  8. Fakhri HR, Janket SJ, Jackson EA, Baird AE, Dinnocenzo R, Meurman JH. Tutorial in oral antithrombotic therapy: biology and dental implications. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2013 May; 18(3):e461-72. PMID: 23524440; PMCID: PMC3668874.
  9. Nadimi H, Wesamaa H, Janket SJ, Bollu P, Meurman JH. Are sugar-free confections really beneficial for dental health? Br Dent J. 2011 Oct; 211(7):E15. PMID: 21979369; DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.823;.
  10. Janket SJ, Jethwani K, Meurman JH. Invasive dental treatment and risk for vascular events. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Mar 15; 154(6):441; author reply 442. PMID: 21403083; DOI: 10.1059/0003-4819-154-6-201103150-00014;.
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In addition to the students from Boston University H.M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, I mentored Boston University undergraduate students and students from other BU schools in the health sciences.
1. I have mentored several Graduate Medical Science (GMS) students at Boston University School of Medicine who wish to matriculate in dental school.
2. I also mentored several Master of Public Health students (MPH) from BU school of Public Health for their practicum which requires data analyses and interpretation.
In 2016, I am mentoring two BU undergraduate students, one Master of Science in Clinical Investigation student from BU Medical School and one MPH student from the School of Public Health. If the students' research interests lie in the area of oral health and systemic health, I am willing to mentor them. I have several small data sets the students can use for their education but they have to be knowledgeable to analyze them. However, it is the student who must work hard to make the most of my mentoring.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Diversity Mentor
  • Education Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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