Dr. Akiko Kato
Visiting Scholar in HEB, Research Associate

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Akiko Kato, D.D.S, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Department of Oral Anatomy, School of dentistry, Aichi Gakuin Univetsity (AGU), in Japan. She received her Ph.D. from Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 2004 on the oxidative metabolism of the masseter muscle in denture wearers. Subsequently she was appointed as an assistant professor at AGU, and then as a lecturer, engaged in research and education for dental students. She teaches oral anatomy, oral histology and tooth carving.

Her research interest includes craniofacial growth and function in humans, especially tooth development and its morphological features. She is currently involved in a study on variations of tooth morphology by means of microfocus X-ray CT, advancing collaborative research with the Digital Research Human Center.

Dr. Kato will be in residence in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology from April 2011-March 2012, and will be working with Dr. Smith to explore three-dimensional tooth structure and dental development in apes and humans.

Selected publications:

A.Kato, N.Ohno: Construction of three-dimensional tooth model by micro-computed tomography and application for data sharing. Clinical Oral Investigations, 13(1): 43-46, 2008