Since obtaining his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield in 1981, Dr. Sharpe has had a distinguished scientific career in developmental biology. His early work was on basic developmental mechanisms in slime molds. His pioneering use of modern cell biology and molecular genetics techniques led him to the study of vertebrate body patterning and the Hox genes. In 1991, he provided the first evidence for expression of a homeobox gene in mammalian tooth development. For the past decade, he has been a leading figure in exploring the molecular basis of patterning in the teeth and jaws. Dr. Sharpe also serves on the boards of many scientific societies and scholarly journals and lectures internationally on his research.
The Craniofacial Biology Research Award, supported by the IADR, was established to recognize individuals who have contributed to the body of knowledge in craniofacial biology over a significant period of time, and whose research contributions have been accepted by the scientific community. It consists of a cash prize and plaque, and represents one of the highest honors the IADR can bestow.
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