April 2024


Koo lab members Dr. Hong-Huy Tran, a postdoc studying micro-robotics and material science, and Chrissie Jaruchotiratanasakul, DScD Candidate, have received fellowships to join a pioneering collaboration between Penn Wharton's Mack Institute for Innovation Management and the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD).

The team is tasked with developing  a commercialization strategy for the micro-robotics technology focused on oral healthcare.

Press Release 👉 Link

Feb 2024


Dr. Zhi Ren, a member of the Koo lab and recent graduate of the CiPD T90/R90 Postdoctoral training program, has received the NIH/NIDCR Dual Degree Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)

This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Ren's groundbreaking research on Selenomonas sputigena and its role in childhood tooth decay

December 2023


Dr. Michel Koo has been recognized for the scope, depth, and impact of his research, being named a 2023 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate!

Press Release 👉 Link

July 2023


Research about biogeography & tooth decay by Dr. Zhi Ren (Postdoc Fellow in the Koo lab) and collaborators was featured on "This Week in Microbiology (TWiM)", a podcast hosted by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). 

🎧 Listen to the podcast using the player below👇 (story on our research starting from 00:28:10), or on Youtube.

June 2023


Spotlighted by NIH Research Matters: Koo Lab and collaborators' recent discovery uncovered a new contributor to tooth decay.

See News Release from National Institutes of Health 👉 LINK

March 2023


🏆🏆National double victory! Yilan Miao, DMD/MSE Candidate in the Koo lab, nails the 1st Place Robert Marquis Award at the 2023 AADOCR Mini Symposium for Young Investigators & 3rd Place Award of the National Student Research Group (NSRG) 411 Rapid Research Competition

Keep reaching for the stars, Yilan! 🌠👩‍🔬

December 2022


Dr. Hyun (Michel) Koo recognized for the scope and depth of research - named on the Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list from Clarivate!

See Press Release 👉

November 2022


Proud PIs and young scientists presenting super cool research and winning award @ ASM Conference on Biofilms in Charlotte, NC! 👩‍🔬🦠🧫🔬🧑‍🔬

Congrats to Zhi Ren, recipient of ECS Award for Best Presentation, and all poster presenters!

October 2022


Creepy Crawlies on the Teeth😱

One more reason to brush & floss after Halloween treats! 👻🎃👻

👉 Featured story by NIH/NIDCR:

September 2022

Spotlighted and Featured  by NIH/NIDCR: 

A Swarm of tiny, tooth-scrubbing robots that can do the job of a toothbrush, dental floss, and oral rinse all in one! 🤖🦾🦿

👉NIDCR News:

May 2022


Congratulations to the presentation award winners @ 2022 PDM Research Day 👏🎉👍

March 2022


Don't count the candles!

🥳🥳🥳 🎁🎁🎁🎈🎈🎈

To Alaa and Minjun.

January 2022


Yilan Miao (D'23), student researcher at Koo Lab & President of the Vernon Brightman Research Society (VBRS), advocates student research at Penn Dental Medicine 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️🔬 

Check the PDM Explorer Newsletter here

December  2021


🥳Holiday gather-up! Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday❤️

Let's make 2022 one to remember. Cheers🥂🥂

Jul 2021


CONGRATULATIONS to 2021 IADR/AADR award winners and presenters!!!

Check the News Release HERE

Check the News Release HERE

May 2021



Dr. Zhi Ren (Koo Lab) received the Colgate Award for Excellence in Oral Health Research.


Congratulations to Penn Dental Medicine Research Day 2021 Award Winners.

Zhi Ren | Hye-Eun Kim | Atul Dhall

February 2021



Dr. Yuan Liu (Koo Lab) was selected as a recipient of the Colgate Award for Research Excellence (CARE)  grant program.

February 2021


December  2020


Last lab meeting & virtual get-together in 2020. Wish everyone a HEALTHY and SUCCESSFUL 2021 !!

Photo by and special thanks to Hye-Eun Kim