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Luisa A. DiPietro, PhD, DDS, MS

Professor, Periodontics Director, Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration Associate Vice Chancellor for Research

BIRCWH Internal Advisory Board, BIRCWH Mentor


Dr. Luisa A. DiPietro is Professor of Periodontics and the Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also serves as the UIC Scientific Director for the Chicago Biomedical Consortium. Dr. DiPietro received both her DDS and PhD in immunology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a residency in hospital dentistry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Research in the DiPietro laboratory focuses on how wounds heal, with the goal of developing therapies that will allow humans to regenerate perfect tissue after an injury. Her research includes basic laboratory research, clinical studies, and computational modeling of the healing process. Dr. DiPietro’s research has been continuously funded by NIH since 1994 and includes serving as the PI for an NIH-funded Innovative Center in Wound Healing Research. Dr. DiPietro has served as the primary mentor for more than 70 research trainees. She directs the KL2 Junior Faculty Career Development Program for the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science and is active in both faculty and trainee mentoring programs. Her honors and awards include the Distinguished Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wound Healing Society, and the Mentor of the Year Award from the American Association for Dental Research Student Research Group. Dr. DiPietro is a University Scholar and an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.