Sok-Ja Janket, DDS, MS, DMD, MPH
|Title||Research Associate Professor|
|Institution||Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine|
|Address||100 E. Newton St Goldman SDM|
Boston MA 02118
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.
- oral infection, inflammatory vascular diseases (diabetes, atherosclerosis), glycemic index, innate immunity, autoimmune diseases, coagulation mechanisms and pathways, Geriatric dentistry.
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