University of Illinois at Chicago
Luisa A. DiPietro DDS PhD is a 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 UIC, 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 ultimate goal of developing therapies that will allow humans to regenerate perfect tissue after an injury. Dr. DiPietro’s research has been continuously funded by NIH since 1994, and she has been the recipient of more than $17 million in extramural research grants and contracts. She has published more than 250 original articles and abstracts; her work was cited over 1900 times in 2020 alone. Her honors and awards include the Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards 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 an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.