Dr. Hyun (Michel) Koo’s research has focused on (1) understanding how oral biofilms (plaque) form on tooth surfaces and cause dental caries, and (2) seeking new anti-plaque/anti-caries strategies by fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations in diverse scientific fields, including natural product chemistry, nanotechnology and robotics. He has authored over 120 scientific articles in multidisciplinary and dental journals. He has served as a standing member of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) study sections and as a member of various scientific committees at the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has received several research awards, including IADR Distinguished Scientist and IADR Innovation in Oral Care awards. He has mentored over 25 graduate and post-doctoral students, eight of whom were recipients of the AADR Hatton Competition Awards. He is currently a professor and director of the Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania – School of Dental Medicine.