About the author
Nathaniel Lawson, DMD, PhD, is the director of the division of biomaterials at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, the program director of the biomaterials residency program, and the interim director of the advanced esthetic and restorative dentistry residency program. He graduated from UAB School of Dentistry in 2011 and obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering in 2012. He has served as an investigator on more than 50 research grants, and published 50 peer reviewed articles, four book chapters, more than 25 articles in trade journals, and 75 research abstracts. His research interests include the mechanical, optical and biologic properties of dental materials and clinical evaluation of new dental materials. He was the 2016 recipient of the Stanford New Investigator Award and the 2017 3M Innovative Research Fellowship, both from the American Dental Association. He has lectured nationally and internationally about dental materials. He also works as a general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.