ADEA Leadership Institute
Class of 2021
Dr. Yelick is a tenured Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). She completed her Ph.D. in 1989, was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute from 1989 to 1991 and was a Research Associate at the Harvard Biological Laboratories from 1991 to 1993. She joined the Forsyth Institute as an Assistant Member of Staff in 1993 and as an instructor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Yelick was promoted to Associate Member of Staff in 2004. In 2006, she joined TUSDM as an Associate Professor with tenure and Director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics. She was promoted to full Professor in 2008. Dr. Yelick holds adjunct appointments in the TU Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She served as Program Leader for the Cancer Biology Program, Tufts Cancer Center and the Tufts Medical Center.
In 2018, Dr. Yelick was appointed Director of the Genetics Program at the Sackler School. Her research focuses on craniofacial and skeletal mineralized tissue development, disease and regeneration, using molecular genetic approaches in zebrafish. She also studies dental pulp derived stem cells and tissue engineering approaches for regenerative dentistry and medicine. Dr. Yelick has served on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Review Panels since 1997, and for the National Science Foundation, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the March of Dimes. She reviews 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. Geis Award in Biomaterials & Bioengineering Research and the 2017 IADR Distinguished Scientist Isaac Schour Memorial Award.