Dr. Yelick is a tenured Professor in the Department of Orthodontics, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). She completed her Ph.D. in 1989, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA, 1989–1991, and Research Associate from 1991–1993 at the Harvard Biological Laboratories in Cambridge MA. She joined the Forsyth Institute as an Assistant Member of Staff in 1993. She was an instructor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and was promoted to Associate Member of Staff in 2004. In 2006, she joined TUSDM as an Associate Professor with tenure and as Director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics, and was promoted to full Professor in 2008. Dr. Yelick holds adjunct appointments in the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Department of BME. She served as program leader for the Cancer Biology Program, Tufts Cancer Center, Tufts Medical Center, from 2013–2016. In 2018, Dr. Yelick was appointed to Director of the Genetics Program, Tufts Sackler School.
Dr. Yelick’s research focuses on craniofacial and skeletal mineralized tissue development, disease and regeneration, using molecular genetic approaches in zebrafish, and dental pulp derived stem cells and tissue engineering approaches for regenerative dentistry and medicine. Dr. Yelick has served on NIH Grant Review Panels since 1997, and for NSF, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and March of Dimes, and is a reviewer for dozens of journals, including PNAS, Science, Development, Cell, Developmental Biology and the Journal of Dental Research. Dr. Yelick has received NIH funding since 1990 and was awarded the 2004 William J. Gies Award in Biomaterials and Bioengineering Research, and the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Isaac Schour Memorial Award. She has mentored hundreds of graduate students, technicians, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduates, many of whom have established careers in research, medicine and dentistry.