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Portrait of a Professional

UM misplaced my application, later finding it and
offering me an interview, but UCSF had already
accepted me. Ironically, I did eventually wind up
in Michigan as the department chair of orthodontics and pediatric dentistry from 2004 for 11 years.
So I began my PhD education in oral biology at
UCSF. The didactic program was intense, and
one had to take a qualifying exam and do several
laboratory rotations. I was very interested in

temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and
partnered with a mentor, Dr. David Richards,
a periodontist with expertise in enzymes that
degrade bone and soft tissues. We developed the
first reliable animal model of TMJ arthritis and
also were the first to identify enzymes expressed
by TMJ tissues. These papers were published
in the Journal of Dental Research. Other PhD
mentors included Dr. Caroline Damsky and Dr. Art
Miller.
GN: How did you meet your wife, Yvonne?
SK: We met in late 1987 in a PhD journal club
shortly after I moved to San Francisco for my
PhD studies. She was doing a dual DDS/PhD
training at UCSF and continued perio/PhD
training. Yvonne's parents had migrated from
Mexico, and Yvonne was born in Southern
California. They moved to a house in the Mission
District of San Francisco, still occupied by her
mother. Yvonne's upbringing was similar to
mine in that she grew up in a humble household
and was the first in her family to go to college.
She excelled in her studies and was admitted to
Stanford University. She undertook research at
the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. As a dental student at UCSF, she did data analysis for Dr. Troy
Daniels, which piqued her interest in pursuing a
research/academic career. Currently, as chair of
the UCSF periodontology division, she continues
to excel as an academic and researcher, having
recently been awarded the American Academy
of Periodontology Distinguished Research Award
and American Association for Dental Research
Irwin Mendel Mentorship Award.

The years in Michigan. Top left: With Dr. Lysle Johnston and Dr. Scott Conley. Top right:
With Drs. Kate Vig and Lee Graber at the Big House (UM football stadium) during the
celebrations of the 40th Annual Moyers Symposium. Bottom: With Dr. Scott Conley,
Dr. Jim McNamara, and UM Orthodontics residents during one of the Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program meetings hosted in Ann Arbor.

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We were married in the summer of 1990, first in
a Catholic ceremony at Mission Dolores Church
in San Francisco and then two weeks later at a
Hindu wedding ceremony in Kenya. We have a
daughter, Anjuli, who attends the University of
California, Davis, and twins, Sahil and Simran,
who will be seniors in high school this fall.
GN: After your PhD at UCSF, what next?

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