Gibson III, Frank C., Ph.D.
Ph.D.: University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Postdoctoral training: Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine
Dr. Gibson’s primary research interests focus into the mechanisms underlying microbial pathogenesis and gaining better insight into both host-specific and pathogen-specific activities/structures affecting diseases of the oral cavity. The principal organism studied in the Gibson lab is the anaerobic pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis. Ongoing research interests in the Gibson lab include defining the properties of the capsular polysaccharide of P. gingivalis that influence disease caused by this organism. In addition, Dr. Gibson is interested in the defining the impact of chronic infections such as periodontal disease on the progression of systemic diseases including atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Genetic techniques, molecular approaches, as well as cell-based and animal modeling are routinely employed in the Gibson lab to better characterize novel host-pathogen interactions.