Read about Luisa Ann DiPietro, Ph.D., D.D.S., in the September 2007 issue.
Chicago College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois
Ever wondered why cuts in your mouth heal so fast and never leave a scar? Dentist-researcher Luisa Ann DiPietro studies these mysteries of the mouth in hopes of discovering new treatments for wound healing.
She thinks the secret is that injured tongue or cheek cells repair themselves by growing just the right number of new blood vessels. Figuring out how to make skin on the rest of the body act more like the mouth could mean an end to disfiguring scars.