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    Sunita Ho, MS, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Dentistry
    DepartmentPreventive & Restor Dent Sci
    Address707 Parnassus Ave, Dentistry
    San Francisco CA 94143

      Mechanical loads manifest into strains within tissues and interfaces of an organ. Strains within tissues are transduced by the cells to produce the needed extracellular matrix proteins to meet functional demands. This is the general philosophy of research in my laboratory which is within the Division of Biomaterials and Bioengineering. Our lab has a strong focus on mechanics, materials, and investigating adaptation of tissues/interfaces through spatiotemporal mapping of “mechano-responsiveness”. This is done by correlating mechanical strain induced biochemical signals at soft-hard tissue interfaces using several model systems including the bone-ligament-tooth fibrous joint.

      Due to the interdisciplinary nature of research, my laboratory is extended to the Molecular Foundry of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) with the help of NIH and DOE funded/peer-reviewed proposals. Mapping of biochemical expressions, physical properties of load bearing tissues, and biomechanics of organs are performed at UCSF, and as a guest scientist at the national laboratories/facilities.

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      1. Kathryn Grandfield, Ralf Peter Herber, Sabra Djomehri, Caleb Tam, Ji-Hyun Lee, Evan Brown, Wood R. Woolwine III, Don Curtis, Mark Ryder, Jim Schuck, Samuel Webb, William Landis, Sunita Ho. Strain-guided mineralization in the bone-PDL-cementum complex of a rat periodontium (under review). 2013.
      2. Jeremy D. Lin, Jihyun Lee, Hüseyin Özcoban, Gerold A. Schneider, Sunita P. Ho. Biomechanical adaptation of the bone-tooth fibrous joint as a consequence of disease. 2013; (Nov. 8).
      3. Yan Zhang, Ji-Yeon Kim, Orapin Horst, Yukiko Nakano, Li Zhu, Ralf J. Radlanski, Sunita Ho, Pamela K. Den Besten. . Fluoride stabilizes SATB1 in ameloblasts (under review). 2013.
      4. Y-C Chien, A.K. Burwell, K. Saeki, A. Fernandez-Martinez, M.K. Pugach, G. Nonomura, S. Habelitz, S.P. Ho, M. Rapozo-Hilo, J.D. Featherstone, S.J. Marshall and G.W. Marshall . Acetic and lactic acids create different artificial dentin lesions: kinetics, ultrastructure and mechanical properties (under review). 2013.
      5. Ho SP, Kurylo MP, Grandfield K, Hurng J, Herber RP, Ryder MI, Altoe V, Aloni S, Feng JQ, Webb S, Marshall GW, Curtis D, Andrews JC, Pianetta P. The plastic nature of the human bone-periodontal ligament-tooth fibrous joint. Bone. 2013 Dec; 57(2):455-67.
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      6. Lee JH, Lin JD, Fong JI, Ryder MI, Ho SP. The adaptive nature of the bone-periodontal ligament-cementum complex in a ligature-induced periodontitis rat model. Biomed Res Int. 2013; 2013:876316.
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      7. Biehs B, Hu JK, Strauli NB, Sangiorgi E, Jung H, Heber RP, Ho S, Goodwin AF, Dasen JS, Capecchi MR, Klein OD. BMI1 represses Ink4a/Arf and Hox genes to regulate stem cells in the rodent incisor. Nat Cell Biol. 2013 Jul; 15(7):846-52.
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      8. Lin, J.D. and Aloni, S. and Altoe, V. and Webb, S.M. and Ryder, M.I. and Ho, S.P. Elastic discontinuity due to ectopic calcification in a human fibrous joint. Acta Biomaterilia. 2013; 1(9):4787-4795.
      9. Lin, J.D. and Özcoban, H. and Greene, J.P. and Jang, A.T. and Djomehri, S.I. and Fahey, K.P. and Hunter, L.L. and Schneider, G.A. and Ho, S.P. . Biomechanics of a bone-periodontal ligament-tooth fibrous joint. Journal of Biomechanics. 2013; (46):443-449.
      10. Tang SY, Herber RP, Ho SP, Alliston T. Matrix metalloproteinase-13 is required for osteocytic perilacunar remodeling and maintains bone fracture resistance. J Bone Miner Res. 2012 Sep; 27(9):1936-50.
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      11. Burwell AK, Thula-Mata T, Gower LB, Habelitz S, Habeliz S, Kurylo M, Ho SP, Chien YC, Cheng J, Cheng NF, Gansky SA, Marshall SJ, Marshall GW. Functional remineralization of dentin lesions using polymer-induced liquid-precursor process. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e38852.
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      12. Chiu, R. and Li, W. and Herber, R.P. and Marshall, S.J. and Young, M. and Ho, S.P. Effects of biglycan on physico-chemical properties of ligament-mineralized tissue attachment sites. Archives of Oral Biology. 2012; 57(2):177-187.
      13. Herber, R, Fong, J, Lucas, S & Ho, S. Imaging an Adapted Dentoalveolar Complex. Anatomy Research International. 2012; 24(11):3482-13.
      14. Leong, N.L. and Hurng, J.M. and Djomehri, S.I. and Gansky, S.A. and Ryder, M.I. and Ho, S.P., . PLoS One. Age-related adaptation of bone-PDL-tooth complex: Rattus-Norvegicus as a model system. 2012; 7(4).
      15. Niver EL, Leong N, Greene J, Curtis D, Ryder MI, Ho SP. Reduced functional loads alter the physical characteristics of the bone-periodontal ligament-cementum complex. J Periodontal Res. 2011 Dec; 46(6):730-41.
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      16. Hurng JM, Kurylo MP, Marshall GW, Webb SM, Ryder MI, Ho SP. Discontinuities in the human bone-PDL-cementum complex. Biomaterials. 2011 Oct; 32(29):7106-17.
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      17. Zhang Y, Kim SO, Opsahl-Vital S, Ho SP, Souron JB, Kim C, Giles K, Den Besten PK. Multiple effects of the cellular prion protein on tooth development. Int J Dev Biol. 2011; 55(10-12):953-60.
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      18. Ho SP, Kurylo MP, Fong TK, Lee SS, Wagner HD, Ryder MI, Marshall GW. The biomechanical characteristics of the bone-periodontal ligament-cementum complex. Biomaterials. 2010 Sep; 31(25):6635-46.
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      19. Vaderhobli RM, White JM, Le C, Ho S, Jordan R. In vitro study of the soft tissue effects of microsecond-pulsed CO(2) laser parameters during soft tissue incision and sulcular debridement. Lasers Surg Med. 2010 Mar; 42(3):257-63.
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      20. Ho SP, Senkyrikova P, Marshall GW, Yun W, Wang Y, Karan K, Li C, Marshall SJ. Structure, chemical composition and mechanical properties of coronal cementum in human deciduous molars. Dent Mater. 2009 Oct; 25(10):1195-204.
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      21. Varanasi, V.G. and Saiz, E. and Loomer, P.M. and Ancheta, B. and Uritani, N. and Ho, S.P. and Tomsia, A.P. and Marshall, S.J. and Marshall, G.W. Enhanced osteocalcin expression by osteoblast-like cells (MC3T3-E1) exposed to bioactive coating glass (SiO2-CaO-P2O5-MgO-K2O-Na2O system) ions. Acta Biomaterilia. 2009; 5(9):3536-3547.
      22. Ho SP, Yu B, Yun W, Marshall GW, Ryder MI, Marshall SJ. Structure, chemical composition and mechanical properties of human and rat cementum and its interface with root dentin. Acta Biomater. 2009 Feb; 5(2):707-18.
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      23. Ho SP, Marshall SJ, Ryder MI, Marshall GW. The tooth attachment mechanism defined by structure, chemical composition and mechanical properties of collagen fibers in the periodontium. Biomaterials. 2007 Dec; 28(35):5238-45.
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      24. A.C. Clark, S. P. Ho, M. LaBerge. Tribology International. Conductive Composite of UHMWPE and CB as a Dynamic Contact Analysis Sensor. 2006; (39):1327-1335.
      25. Caldwell Rebecca, LaBerge Martine, and Ho Sunita. Advances in Polymeric Biomaterials. Surface Modification of Articulating Surfaces and Tribological Evaluation. 2006; 303-335.
      26. Ho SP, Sulyanto RM, Marshall SJ, Marshall GW. The cementum-dentin junction also contains glycosaminoglycans and collagen fibrils. J Struct Biol. 2005 Jul; 151(1):69-78.
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      27. Ho SP, Balooch M, Marshall SJ, Marshall GW. Local properties of a functionally graded interphase between cementum and dentin. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2004 Sep 1; 70(3):480-9.
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      28. Ho SP, Goodis H, Balooch M, Nonomura G, Marshall SJ, Marshall G. The effect of sample preparation technique on determination of structure and nanomechanical properties of human cementum hard tissue. Biomaterials. 2004 Aug; 25(19):4847-57.
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      29. Ho SP, Balooch M, Goodis HE, Marshall GW, Marshall SJ. Ultrastructure and nanomechanical properties of cementum dentin junction. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2004 Feb 1; 68(2):343-51.
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      30. Ho SP, Joseph PF, Drews MJ, Boland T, LaBerge M. Experimental and numerical modeling of variable friction between nanoregions in coventional and crosslinked UHMWPE. J Biomech Eng. 2004 Feb; 126(1):111-9.
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      31. Ho SP, Nakabayashi N, Iwasaki Y, Boland T, LaBerge M. Frictional properties of poly(MPC-co-BMA) phospholipid polymer for catheter applications. Biomaterials. 2003 Dec; 24(28):5121-9.
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      32. Ho SP, Riester L, Drews M, Boland T, LaBerge M. Nanoindentation properties of compression-moulded ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2003; 217(5):357-66.
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      33. Caldwell RA, Woodell JE, Ho SP, Shalaby SW, Boland T, Langan EM, LaBerge M. In vitro evaluation of phosphonylated low-density polyethylene for vascular applications. J Biomed Mater Res. 2002 Dec 15; 62(4):514-24.
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      34. S. P. Ho, R. W. Carpick, T. Boland, M. LaBerge. Wear. Nanotribology of CoCr-UHMWPE TJR Prosthesis Using Atomic Force Microscopy. 2002; 11-12(253):1145-1155.
      35. Ho SP, Riester L, Drews M, Boland T, LaBerge M. Effects of the sample preparation temperature on the nanostructure of compression moulded ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene. Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2002; 216(2):123-33.
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      36. Ho, S.P. and Friedman, R.J. and LaBerge, M. Critical Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. Failure analysis of anatomic porous hip replacement (APR IIS). 1998; 26(5).
      37. Pullela S. V. Determination of the PULSTAR Reactor Neutron Energy Spectrum, Journal of Energy Conversion and Management. 1996.
      38. Sarma P. K., Sunita P. V. Interaction of Thermal-Radiation with Laminar Natural-Convection from a Horizontal Cylinder in Air, Warme und Stoffunbertragung-Thermo and Fluid Dynamics, 26(2), 65-69. 1991.
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