Alexandria, VA – The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research named Gina Roque-Torres, Loma Linda University, CA the 2023 recipient of the AADOCR Procter & Gamble Underrepresented Faculty Research Fellowship. She was recognized during the Opening Ceremonies of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the AADOCR, which was held in conjunction with the 47th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR), that took place on March 15, 2023.
Roque-Torres first became a Research Associate at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Center for Dental Research in 2017. She was recruited for her unique areas of expertise in orthodontics and oral radiology, specifically with micro-imaging. Under her mentorship, many of her students have won awards at the local and regional student research competitions that have led to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Roque-Torres was also integral in the development of the university’s Micro-Imaging Research Facility (MIRF), which houses its micro-computed tomography and scanning electron microscope. She is highly sought after by several researchers from various disciplines such as medicine, dentistry, and geosciences. Because of her diligent efforts and contributions to the school, research center, university, and to the profession, she was offered an Assistant Professor position in 2020. She is currently managing the MIRF and continues to develop and collaborate on various research projects.
The AADOCR Procter & Gamble Underrepresented Faculty Research Fellowship was established to support researchers from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups at the early stages of their scientific careers, and to increase the representation of these underrepresented groups at the faculty level in science and academia. Recipients receive $10,000 that must be put towards their post-doctoral research, the establishment of their laboratories, the completion of a research project, or preparing research for publication or grant submission.
The American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive dental, oral, and craniofacial research to advance health and well-being. AADOCR represents the individual scientists, clinician-scientists, dental professionals, and students based in academic, government, non-profit and private-sector institutions who share our mission. AADOCR is the largest division of the International Association for Dental Research. Learn more at www.aadocr.org.