Michael Nejat-Haiem and 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


  • Coordinate 8-10 UCLA research posters to be presented at the next ASDA conferences in October/November 2016. We hope to launch and manage research poster presentation events during ASDA regional and district meetings for dental students. The October District 11 Meeting will be the focus for the upcoming year. The ASDA Dental Research Group will not only advertise for the event to recruit student presenters, but will also provide any training or information students may need to successfully present their research topic.
  • 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.



David has completed a physiological sciences bachelors and an oral biology masters at UCLA. His interests and hobbies include biomedical research, web design, basketball, track racing, art walks, live musical performances, traveling, and fine dining. Neil was a human biology major at USC. His interests and hobbies include basketball, the Lakers, USC football and basketball, movies, traveling, and pasta!

David Chai: david.yangchai@ucla.edu
Neil Tamashiro-Miyamoto: netamashiro@ucla.edu