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Zhao Lin, B.D.S., M.S., M.M.Sc., Ph.D.

Zhao Lin, B.D.S., M.S., M.M.Sc., Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Wood Memorial Building
521 North 11th Street
Box 980566
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0566
Phone: (804) 828-9030
Email: zlin@vcu.edu


  • M.M.Sc., Harvard University, 2013
  • Certificate in Periodontology, Harvard University, 2013
  • Ph.D. in Oral Health Sciences, University of Michigan, 2010
  • M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Peking University, 2004
  • B.D.S., Peking University, 2001

Research interests

Periodontal regeneration and periodontal tissue engineering


Lin Z, Fateh A, Salem D, Intini G. Periosteum: biology and applications in craniofacial bone regeneration. (J Dent Res, accepted)

Kim DM, Nevins ML, Lin Z, Fateh A, Kim SW, Schupbach P, Nevins M. The clinical and histologic outcome of dental implant in large ridge defect regenerated with alloplast: a randomized controlled preclinical trial. J Oral Implantol. 2013 Apr;39(2):148-53.

Nevins M, Nevins ML, Peter S, Kim SW, Lin Z, Kim DM. A Prospective, Randomized Controlled Pre-Clinical Trial to Evaluate Different Formulations of Biphasic Calcium Phosphate with an Hydroxyapatite Collagen Membrane. J Oral Implantol. 2013 Apr;39(2):133-9.

Nevins M, Nevins ML, Schupbach P, Fiorellini J, Lin Z, Kim DM. The Impact of Bone Compression on Bone-to-Implant Contact of an Osseointegrated Implant: A Canine Study. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2012 Dec;32(6):637-45.

Lin Z, Jin Q, Park CH, Kempeinen KM, Franco LM, Sugai JV, Rios HF, Giannobile WV. LIM domain mineralization protein-3 cooperates with BMP7 to promote tissue regeneration by ligament progenitor cells. Gene Ther. 2013 Jan;20(1):1-6.

Rios HF, Lin Z, Oh B, Park CH, Giannobile WV. Cell- and Gene-Based Therapeutic Strategies for Periodontal Regenerative Medicine. J Periodontol. 2011 Sep;82(9):1223-37.

Lin Z, Rios HF, Volk SL, Sugai JV, Jin Q, Giannobile WV. Gene expression dynamics during bone healing and osseointegration. J Periodontol. 2011 Jul;82(7):1007-17.

Lin Z, Navarro VP, Kempeinen KM, Franco LM, Jin Q, Sugai JV, Giannobile WV. LMP1 regulates periodontal ligament progenitor cell proliferation and differentiation. Bone. 2010 Jul;47(1):55-64.

Lin Z, Sugai JV, Jin Q, Chandler LA, Giannobile WV. Platelet-derived growth factor-B gene delivery sustains gingival fibroblast signal transduction. J Periodont Res. 2008;43: 440–449.

Jin Q, Wei G, Lin Z, Sugai JV, Lynch SE, Ma PX, Giannobile WV. Nanofibrous scaffolds incorporating PDGF-BB microspheres induce chemokine expression and tissue neogenesis in vivo. PLoS ONE. 2008 Mar 5;3(3):e1729.

Lin Z, Jia ZQ, Ma KT, Chen P, Zhou CY. Induced Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell into Cardiomyocytes. Chinese Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 21(2), 262-266 (2005). (Chinese)

Lin Z, Zhou CY. Transcription factors, Nkx2-5 and GATA4, in the early stage of human heart development. Journal of Peking University (Health Sciences), 34, 732-734 (2002). (Chinese)

Lin Z, Cai ZG. Aquaporin transgene, a new way to enhance salivary function. Foreign Medicine (dental Vol.), 28, 354-356 (2001). (Chinese)