Keynote Speakers //


Jill Maron, MP, MPH  |

Tufts Medical Center - Mother Infant Research Institute |


​Jill Maron is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and a neonatologist at Floating Hospital for Children. Dr. Maron has discovered that the saliva from premature newborns contains a wealth of information about many of their developing systems, such as the gastrointestinal tract and the brain.

Dr. Maron is studying the genetic information within newborn saliva as a way of determining when a premature infant becomes ready to feed orally. Her research is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Charles Hood Foundation and the Gerber Foundation.

Maron Lab website:

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Jeffrey Ebersole, PhD  |

University of Nevada, Las Vegas |


Jeffrey Ebersole is the associate dean for research at the School of Dental Medicine at UNLV and was previously the 40th president of of American Association for Dental Research (AADR).  In his position as dean for research, Dr. Ebersole oversees and actively recruits UNLV students and faculty into their research program, tackling cutting edge research into immunology, more specifically oral immunology. The main thrust of Dr. Ebersoles research is the morbidity surrounding periodontal disease, identifying key players in the oral microbiome that could provide a route to defeating the pathogenic biofilms which are a result of the infection.

Ebersole Lab website:

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Chamindie Punyadeera, PhD  |

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia |


Associate Professor  Chamindie Punyadeera, Clinical Chemist, graduated from the Department of Chemical Pathology, the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2001. Dr. Punyadeeras PhD research was aimed at investigating the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of type 2 Diabetes, ischemic heart disease and obesity, and she was awarded the Academic Excellence Scholarship from the University of Witwatersrand as well as the South African Medical Research Endowment Funds. During Dr. Punyadeeras PhD study, she spent couple of months in the Laboratory of Professor Alan Jackson at the Institute of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton, UK to investigate lipid metabolism in South African women using stable isotopes, followed by a 4-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in close collaboration with Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Punyadeera Research website:

Program //

Preparations are now underway for the 2019 North American Saliva Symposium. Check back frequently to see the updated list of speakers, titles, and the program at large. If you wish to provide a presentation at the 2019 NASS, please head to the contact page and send us a message with details of the proposed topic and lecture.

​Dr. Jill Maron, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, University of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

​Dr. Momochilo Vuyisich, Viome, Inc, Santa Clara, CA

​Dr. Debora Heller, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Manuel Jimenez Lopez, International University of La Rioja, La Rioja, Spain

Dr. Wei Liao, Guangzhou EZlife BioSciTech Co Ltd, Guangzhou, China

Dr. Chamindie Punyadeera, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Dr. Rachel Wood, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Dr. Santina Castriciano, Copan Group, Brescia, Italy

The Symposium includes meals and beverages, and will continue to feature the popular panel discussions on hot topics in the fields covered by Salivary Diagnostics. The different topics of the Symposium will be moderated by similarly big names in the salivary diagnostic world such as the host of the Symposium, Dr. Paul Slowey.