Francesco DeMayo 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. At Columbia he was also 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 two diabetes and subgingival microbiome. During this time, he contributed to a publication concerning the impact celiac disease has on periodontal heath in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. Francesco also went to the University of Chicago for college where he completed a Bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences with a specialization in Endocrinology while also being a varsity athlete on the university's football team.
During SUMR Francesco worked on one project concerning the incidence of opioid overdoses in the Medicaid population with Dr. Young Hee Nam. This is an extremely important issue impacting patients of all healthcare professions from the prescription of opioids for medical use. From these experiences he hopes to bring new perspectives of healthcare into dentistry with his public health background and new gained policy insight from the SUMR program.