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Diana N. Zeiger, Ph.D.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in the Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University, Diana Zeiger worked for several years as a writer and editor. She later obtained a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, during which time she pursued undergraduate research in the field of theoretical and quantum chemistry. She also received Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships at NIST in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In 2007, Diana was awarded a Ph.D. in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences from the University of California – San Francisco.

My research interests include dental materials and biomineralization. Current investigations involve using X-ray microcomputed tomography to evaluate the shrinkage and potential microleakage of dental composites that have been placed in extracted teeth. Additional studies include investigating adhesion of caries-causing bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) to dental polymers of various compositions.




  • First Place - Graduate Student/Resident Category, Research Day Fall 2006, UCSF School of Dentistry
  • Graduate Dean’s Health Science Fee Scholarship – Fall 2005, Winter 2006, Spring 2006
  • Earle C. Anthony Travel Award – Spring 2007 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NSF) – National Institute of Standards and Technology – 1999, 2000, 2001


Professional Societies

  • International Association for Dental Research
  • American Association for Dental Research


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NRC Postdoctoral Fellow
Polymers Division
Biomaterials Group


1989: Bachelor of Arts, The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University

2001: Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

2007: Ph.D., Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, University of California – San Francisco


Phone: (301) 975-6803
Fax: (301) 975-4977