Michael Nejat-Haiem

Cesar Olmos

The Research Committee will work towards launching regular lunch and learns showcasing student researchers, and starting a section in The Diastema dedicated to UCLA research. It will also train students to write literature reviews, make research posters, and give power point presentations, as well as provide first year students with specific guidelines on how to get involved in research. In many of these projects, the ASDA Dental and Craniomaxillofacial Research Committee will collaborate with the UCLA chapter of National Student Research Group (NSRG).

Committee Goals


  • For our major project, we would like to create a research portal which will allow students to find out more information about the different research labs at UCLA. Thus, students will know what labs are open to join and gear their attention to potential labs that they are interested in.
  • Organize at least 1 lunch and learn series per quarter by the end of the next academic year. Quarterly lunch and learns (ie research days) are opportunities where students and faculty will be invited to speak about their research projects or give literature reviews in PowerPoint format. This will be a joint event between the NSRG (National Student Research Group) and the ASDA Research Committee, and will require the groups to meet to plan for the presentations.
  • Work with the ASDA First Year Enrichment Committee to provide instructional information to the incoming students during the orientation week on how to get involved with research at UCLA, finding a lab, fostering professional relationships with PIs, etc. This early influence will allow us to encourage research among all incoming dental students.
  • Get all interested committee members involved in a lab by the end of the academic year.


Michael Nedjat-Haiem: mikehaiem@ucla.edu
Cesar Olmos: cesarperezolmos@gmail.com