Snead Appointed to NIH Research Council

Snead is a recipient of a MERIT Award given by the National Institutes of Health.

USC School of Dentistry faculty member Malcolm L. Snead has been appointed to the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.

The 13-member council provides guidance to the Department of Health Human Services, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Institutes of Health on matters related to research, training, public health and other programs with respect to basic and clinical dentistry.

Snead’s duties during his four-year appointment will include making recommendations regarding the merits of proposed basic, dental, clinical and craniofacial research, assessing the need for federally-funded research facilities and equipment, and reviewing grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.

Snead’s career includes studies investigating amelogenin gene products and protein-to-protein interaction in enamel biomineralization, the chemical sense of taste, salivary gland development, control over cranial suture closure and bone differentiation and resorption.

In 1983, a team of researchers led by Snead at the USC School of Dentistry’s Center for Craniofacial and Molecular Biology became the first to clone mouse amelogenin cDNA, the principle protein in vertebrate enamel formation.

He is currently the principal investigator of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution, public and private sector collaboration to conceptualize a plan to successfully regenerate teeth.

Snead joined the USC School of Dentistry in 1982 and served as associate dean for innovation and discovery from 2001 until July 2006. He is an elected fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the National Institutes of Health’s MERIT Award.

In addition, Snead has regularly served on an NIH panel for scientific review. He earned his B.S. degree from St. Mary’s College in 1973, his doctoral dental degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1977 and his Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago in 1981.