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Kaspar Lab:

Exploring Microbial Interactions in the Human Oral Cavity

Focused on the exchanges between oral commensal streptococci and odontopathogens 

Recent Lab News


Madisen Bangs places second at Denman Research Forum

March 9th, 2023

Madisen Bangs placed second with her category, "Health Under the Microscope" at the 28th Annual Denman Research Forum. Her presentation was titled: Streptococcus mutans Isolates Exhibit Diverse Phenotypes Dependent on Commensal Competitor


Jordan Batagower and Madisen Bangs Compete at the Ohio State Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

March 7th, 2023

Jordan Batagower and Madisen Bangs, two senior undergraduate students in the Kaspar Lab, showcased their research at the 28th Annual Denman Research Forum, an opportunity for graduating student researchers to share their research endeavors with the broader community.  


Robbie Bettinger wins two awards at OSU CoD Research Day

February 24th, 2023

Robbie Bettinger, a senior undergraduate student in the Kaspar Lab, won both the undergraduate research award as well as the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Best Clinical and Translational Abstract for his presentation titled: Identification of genes that impact fitness in Streptococcus gordonii


Kaspar Lab Participates at OSU College of Dentistry Research Day

February 24th, 2023

Seven members of the Kaspar Lab presented posters at the Ohio State College of Dentistry Research Day held February 24th, 2023. Six of the seven presentations were from undergraduate researchers. 


New Publication on Growth Behaviors of Streptococcus mutans

January 23rd, 2023

The lab's first publication was released with the Journal of Dental Research (JDR). This manuscript details the species-dependent alteration in behaviors of cariogenic S. mutans with commensal streptococci but not other oral bacteria. 

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Lab Receives Seed Grant from College of Dentistry

January 17th, 2023

The OSU College of Dentistry Office of Research has awarded the Kaspar Lab a seed grant to study the cariogenic organism Streptococcus sobrinus and its relationship with Streptococcus mutans. The goal of the seed grant is to obtain preliminary data for a potential NIH grant submission. 


Justin Attends 2022 Streptococcal Biology Gordon Research Conference

August 15th, 2022

Justin traveled to Maine to attend the 2022 Streptococal Biology Gordon Research Conference, where he also presented a poster titled "How Oral Streptococci Respond to Each Other and Their Environment". 


Lab Receivers R03 Funding from NIDCR

August 1st, 2022

The Kaspar Lab has received its first external funding award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The grant, entitled "Interactions of Streptococcus mutans in Supragingival Biofilms", aims to define how S. mutans responds to different groups of oral bacteria, and critical genes involved within these interactions. 


Kaspar Lab Opens at Ohio State!

July 1st, 2020

Justin Kaspar, PhD started his faculty appointment as an assistant professor in the Division of Biosciences within the College of Dentistry on July 1st, 2020. Kaspar Lab 1.0 will be located in Postle Hall, Room 4185.

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Postle Hall
305 W. 12th Avenue

Office: Room 4179

Lab: Room 4185
Columbus, OH 43210-1267

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