Past Lab Members

Former Graduate/Dental Students​​​​


  • Dr. JoAnn Roberts successfully obtained her PhD in December 2018 from MUSC. She is currently a developing scholar and faculty track post-doctoral trainee at UCLA Medical School.


  • Dr. Ralee Spooner, a lieutenant officer in the US Navy and graduate student in Dr. Yilmaz' lab, successfully defended his Masters in Dental Sciences Degree in May 2019 at MUSC and also comleted his residency degree in MUSC's periodontics department as chief resident.


  •  Kyulim Lee DMD/PhD student  (University of Florida)​​

  •  Dr. Caroline Jermanus, DMD, MS (University of Florida)

  • Maggie Peng, DMD/MPH student  (University of Florida)

  • Dr. Ben Barbetta, DMD (University of Florida) MD (University of Maryland)

  • Dr. Del Greenhalgh, DMD  (University of Florida)​

Former Faculty/Postdoctoral Trainees

JoAnn and Dr. Yilmaz at the IADR meeting
  • ChulHee Choi, PHD (Former Post-doctoral associate and Research Assistant Professor) Currently, he serves as an Assistant Professor, Chungam University, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, South Korea


  • Kalina Atanasova DVM, PHD (Former Post-doctoral associate) University of Florida

  • Jungnam Lee, PhD MS (Former Post-doctoral fellow) University of Florida, Division of Pulmonary Care

Visiting Professor/Scholars

  • Je Chul Lee, MD, PHD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, South Korea


  • Ana Carolina Morandini Ramos, DDS, PHD
    FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru. Universidade de São Paulo, Bauru, Brazil
    Assistant Professor, University of Pacific, Arthur A Dugani School of Dentistry