Research Projects & Grants


  • Targeting HB-EGF and trigeminal EGFR for oral cancer pain and opioid tolerance, Role: PD/PI, New York University, (09/2022 - 09/2024) Status: Awarded


  • The REASON Score: An Epigenetic And Clinicopathologic Score to Predict Risk of Poor Survival in Early Stage Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients, Role: PD/PI, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (08/2022 - 05/2024) Status: Awarded
  • Clinical study to evaluate the methylation signature of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma pain, Role: PD/PI, National Institutes of Health/DHHS, (08/2021 - 07/2026) Status: Awarded


  • Mechanisms of head and neck carcinogenesis and pain, Role: PI, LLU, (08/2023 - 08/2026) Status: Approved
  • Efficacy of Preoperative Administration of Gabapentin in Managing lntraoperative and Postoperative Pain From Third Molar Extractions, Role: PI, LLU Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, (02/2024 - 02/2025) Status: Approved
  • Biomarkers of Oral Carcinogenesis and Oral Cancer Pain, Role: PI, LLU Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, (07/2020) Status: Approved
  • Effect of Early Life Stress on Cancer Pain Processing and Opioid Tolerance, Role: PD/PI, LLU - GRASP, (01/2021 - 06/2024) Status: Awarded

Non-Profit Organization

  • Faculty Educator Development Award, Role: PD/PI, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, (06/2022 - 06/2025) Status: Awarded
  • Epigenetic Biomarkers of Cancer Pain, Role: PD/PI, American Society of Clinical Oncology, (07/2022 - 06/2025) Status: Awarded
  • Loma Linda University Student Research Program, Role: PD/PI, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, (01/2021 - 12/2021) Status: Closed