Basic Sciences

The Role of Biofilm on Margin Stability and the Development of Secondary Caries, funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Collaborators: PI: S. Ray Taylor, PhD, Co-IS: Catherine Ambrose, PhD, and Heidi Kaplan, PhD

Testing for Contrasting Infection Rates and Biofilm Formation Among Biomaterials in an in vitro Biofilm Infection Model, funded by Stryker, Inc. PI: Catherine Ambrose, PhD, Co-Is: Milan Sen, MD and Heidi Kaplan PhD

PC-NSAIDS: Gastrointestinal-safe and potent anti-inflammatory drugs, funded by US Army SBIR Phase II. PI: Lenard Lichtenberger, PhD, CO-I: Catherine Ambrose, PhD

Identification of Causative Bacteria in Osteomyelitis Using Rapid and Sensitive 16SrRNA Detection, funded by the Orthopedic Research & Education Foundation. PI: Catherine Ambrose, PhD, Co-Is: Terry Clyburn, MD, Heidi Kaplan, PhD

Clinical Studies


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s Orthopedic Trauma Section is participating as a clinical site in the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) study. The trauma team has been charged with collecting data to add to the METRC study in order to further our knowledge on how best to treat patients. The Department has become one of the top sites for patient enrollment. To find out more information about the ongoing studies please visit