Prof. Yael Houri-Haddad is an Associate Professor and Acting Head of the department of Prosthodontic in the Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem. Prof. Houri-Haddad holds DMD and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, where she also completed an internship in prosthodontics. Her PhD thesis was “Molecular mechanisms in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease”. During 2009-2010 she spent two years in Boston MA USA; in 2009 spent a sabbatical year in Dr. Thomas Van Dyke Laboratory of Periodontology at Boston University and in 2010 was a visiting researcher in Forsyth institute. • Prof. Houri-Haddad research is focused on mechanisms of inflammation during periodontal infection, particularly mouse models and cell-culture studies and immunogenetics. Recently she established a genetic project looking for the genes responsible for periodontitis susceptibility in a mouse model. This project was funded by a grant from the Israel Science Foundation and the DFG trilateral grant. She published about 50 scientific papers. • The impact of her research work was acknowledged by several awards, including IADR/Lion Dental Research Award in Microbiology and Immunology, Frank Popper award and Foulkes foundation award. She is a member of various academic committees in The Hebrew University-Hadassah Faculty of Dental Medicine (teaching committee, admission committee, Committee for Supervision of DMD Theses and The Bio-Medical Sciences in Dental Medicine). At present she is Acting Head of the department of Prosthodontic, Director of the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education and Past President of the Israeli division of the IADR.