Petros Papagerakis, DDS, MS, PhD
Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Petros Papagerakis graduated in 1990 from the School of Dentistry-Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed postgraduate training at the University of Paris (France) in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, in Hospital-based Pediatric Dentistry, in Biomedical Sciences (Bachelor of Science) and in Oral Biology (Master of Science). In 1996, Dr. Papagerakis was recruited at the 7th University of Paris as Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Oral Biology and Pediatric Dentistry. In 2000, Dr. Papagerakis earned Cum Laude his PhD in Cellular and Developmental Biology from the 5th University of Paris. He also completed post-doctoral training in Dental and Craniofacial Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. In 2006, Dr. Papagerakis was recruited as Research Scientist at the Dental Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan (UM) working with Drs. Simmer, Hu, and Yamakoshi. Since 2008, Dr. Papagerakis is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, UM. He is also faculty of the UM Center for Organogenesis and the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics. He teaches clinical Pediatric Dentistry, Stem Cells Biology, Craniofacial Genetics, and Tooth Development to the undergraduates, dental students, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and residents. Dr. Papagerakis is also the coordinator of the tooth module within the PhD course CDB 680 “Organogenesis of Complex Tissues".
Dr. Papagerakis received the Foundation of France fellowship, the French Academy of Dental Science award, the AADR/IADR Hatton awards, the IADR Pulp Biology post-doctoral award, the IADR Colgate award, and the AADR Clark fellowship in Clinical Research. His students have received several national and international recognitions. Dr. Papagerakis serves as an AADR committee member and as grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Health Institute (NIH). He also serves as reviewer for many journals and he is on the Editorial Board of “The Open Bone Journal” and the “Journal of Dental Research”. Dr. Papagerakis’ research is funded by the NIH and focused on tooth organogenesis and regeneration.