Francesco DeMayo, MPH is currently a DMD candidate in the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently graduated from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a degree in Epidemiology with a certificate in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. While at Columbia, he was a Research Assistant/Project Coordinator within the CUMC for The Oral Infections Glucose Intolerance and Insulin Resistance Study (ORIGINS), which examines the association between the development of type 2 diabetes and subgingival microbiome. During this time, he contributed to a publication, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, concerning the impact of celiac disease on periodontal heath. Francesco also went to The University of Chicago where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Endocrinology. He was a varsity athlete on the university's football team and received academic acknowledgement.
Francesco had the opportunity to participate in the SUMR program at the Leonard Davis Institute where he worked on a project with Dr. Young Hee Nam. This project examined the incidence of opioid overdoses in the Medicaid population. This is an extremely important issue impacting patients of all healthcare profession. He plans on continuing this research throughout his education at The University of Pennsylvania delving deeper into the issues of the opioid crisis to ascertain the clinical, as well as, policy implications. From this newfound knowledge, he hopes to implement these findings into the field of dentistry to improve its ability to care for and treat patients.