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Featured Past Lab Members

Former Graduate/Dental Students​​​​

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Dr. Jaden Lee

Dr. Jaden Lee successfully obtained his DMD/PhD in July 2023 from MUSC. 

Currently, he is a Resident in the Periodontics & Oral Medicine Department at the University of Michigan. 


Ayana Paul

Ayana Paul, former PREP student from the Yilmaz Lab.


Currently, Ayana is pursuing a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in Emory University, Georgia.

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Dr. JoAnn Roberts

Dr. JoAnn Roberts successfully obtained her PhD in December 2018 from MUSC.


She became a UPLIFT post-doctoral Fellow, developing scholar, and faculty track post-doctoral trainee at UCLA Medical School. Currently, she is an Associate Director for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in UCLA. She also is an Adjunct Professor in LA Technical College. 


Dr. Ralee Spooner

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

Currently, a Lieutenant and periodontist at Dental Corps, United States Navy.


Kyulim Lee

Kyulim Lee is a former DMD/PhD Student (University of Florida), NIH F30 awardee, and adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Florida.

Currently, an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry in Columbus at Ohio State University.

Former Faculty/Postdoctoral Trainees


Dr. ChulHee Choi, PhD

Former Post-doctoral associate and Research Assistant Professor.

Currently, an Associate Professor at Chungam University, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, South Korea


Dr. Kalina Atanasova, DVM, PhD

Former Post-doctoral Associate.


Currently, Dr. Kalina Atanasova is a Biological Scientist in the Biological Chemistry Department of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. 


Dr. Jungnam Lee, PhD

Former Post-doctoral Associate. 

Currently, Dr. Jungnam Lee is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at the University of Florida.

Visiting Professor/Scholars

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Dr. Je Chul Lee, MD, PhD

Former visiting Professor 

Currently, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, South Korea

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Dr. Ana Carolina Morandini Ramos, DDS, PhD

Former FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru. Universidade de São Paulo, Bauru, Brazil

She became an Assistant Professor at the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugani School of Dentistry. Currently, she is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia in Augusta. 

Former Staff


Casey Derieux

Former Research Specialist

Currently, a PhD Student at the University of Delaware, Department of Microbiology


Zach Messick

Former Research Specialist

Currently, a JD, Patent Attorney at Knobbe Martens in San Diego, California

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