Sarandeep S. Huja, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a Professor and Dean in the Department of Orthodontics at Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Huja initially received his dental and orthodontic training from the Government Dental College and Hospital in Bombay, India. In 1995, Dr. Huja received his M.S. from Marquette University. In 1999, he received his Ph.D. and Orthodontic Certificate from Indiana University in Indianapolis and in 2001, he received his D.D.S. from University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry. His Ph.D. was conducted under the mentorship of Dr. David Burr from the Department of Anatomy and Dr. W. Eugene Roberts in Orthodontics from Indiana University. From 2001 to 2011, he was a faculty at The Ohio State University, working under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine Vig, a world-renowned orthodontist and educator. In 2011, he moved to the University of Kentucky as Division Chief of Orthodontics. While there, he was appointed the Program Director of Orthodontics and Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development and Graduate Studies, both in 2016.
Dr. Huja has served as advisor for both Ph.D. and master’s degree students and has taught Orthodontics and Bone Biology to dental and graduate students. He has been the principal investigator on grants from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, corporations and foundations. His research seeks to understand bone remodeling, osteoclast biology and adaptation to physical forces. His students have been recognized with national awards on projects related to tooth movement and implant adaptation biology.
Dr. Huja is also the recipient of the prestigious B.F. Dewel Memorial Biomedical Research Award from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. He also is a member of the Midwest component of the E.H. Angle Society and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He also maintains an intramural faculty practice.
Dr. Huja is widely published in the field of Bone Biology and Orthodontics and is a frequent speaker at national and international meetings. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Planning and Award Review Committee of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. He has served as an orthodontic site visitor for Commission on Dental Accreditation and now is serves as Predoctoral Chair. He is an alumnus of the ADEA Leadership Institute, serving as the inaugural ADEA/ADEAGies Foundation Drs. Connie L. and Richard R. Drisko Scholar. He also served as the President of the Craniofacial Biology Group of the International Association of Dental Research.
Dr. Huja is married to Dr. Pinar Emecen-Huja, a periodontist, and they have young twin children.