Dr. Jonathan Garlick is Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Garlick also holds appointments at Tufts University’s School of Medicine (Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology) and in the Department of Bioengineering and is a member of the Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology at Tufts.
He is a graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Dental Medicine where he received his dental degree. He completed his residency training in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and received his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University through a Physicians-Scientist Award from the NIH.
Dr. Garlick remained at Stony Brook for 10 years, where he was Head of Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine. His expertise in the bioengineering of human skin equivalents has led him to establish the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering (CITE) at Tufts as a resource for experimentation in three-dimensional (3D) human tissues. He has developed techniques for the bioengineering of human epithelial tissues to study the pathogenesis of a variety of oral and skin diseases. Dr. Garlick has used these tissues to study early cancer development and to add to the emerging understanding of cancer as a disease of altered tissue structure. These 3D bioengineered human tissues now serve as a platform technology for the pharmaceutical design and screening of drugs targeted for specific therapeutic applications to treat human cancer.
He has authored over 60 articles and book chapters on these subjects. On the national level, Dr. Garlick has served as Chair and as a member of several NIH grant review panels, is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and has chaired numerous national symposia. In 2000, he was awarded Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his local and national contributions to the dental profession. In 2001, he was awarded the President and Chancellor’s Award, the State University of New York’s highest teaching honor for his educational contributions in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine to the students of Stony Brook University’s Dental School.