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Nathaniel Lawson completed a DMD/PhD program in the field of dental materials at the University of Alabama under the mentorship of John Burgess.  After a stint in private practice, he returned to UAB in 2014 to teach and perform clinical and laboratory testing of dental materials.  In 2016, he became the Director of the Division of Biomaterials and the program director of the Biomaterials Residency program at UAB.  He performs research for most of the major dental manufacturers to test the properties of new dental materials both in the laboratory and in the clinic.  He has written over 150 published journal articles, textbook chapters, and abstracts.  He serves on the editorial board of Compendium, Dental Products Review, and the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and was recently elected to the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs.  He was the 2017 recipient of the 3M Innovative Researcher Award and the 2016 Stanford New Investigator Award, both from the ADA.  He lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of dental ceramics and direct restorative materials. He works as general dentist in the UAB Faculty Practice.  He can be reached through his website at and you can follow his team on Instagram at dentinaltube.

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