Center for Oral Infectious Diseases

Kenneth Markowitz, DDS

Kenneth Markowitz, DDS, MSD
Phone: 973-972-0253

I obtained my dental degree from Columbia University in 1985 and my Masters of Dental Science from RSDM in 2009. While in dental school I became interested in tooth sensitivity, dental pain and oral physiology. From 1991-2003 I did research in industry, first at the Block Drug Company Inc., then at GalaxoSmithKline. In industry, my coworkers and I investigated the ability of various materials such as polymers and colloids to reduce dentin permeability and other areas of dental therapeutics. In 2003 I joined the Oral Biology Department at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. At RBHS I serve as a clinical investigator on a number of NIDCR and Industry-funded projects including a longitudinal study of caries and bacterial risk factors and inflammatory markers of localized aggressive periodontal disease as well as clinical trials of oral antimicrobial agents. I am also conducting laboratory evaluations of caries detector devices and caries controling therapeutics. I am developing a therapeutic technology to deliver anti-inflammatory drugs to the dental pulp. I have also collaborated with investigators at other universities who are examining receptors in pulpal neurons responsible for pain transduction.
At RSDM I teach course materials relating to: oral biology, cariology, dental pharmacology, dental pain and evidence-based dentistry. I teach pre-clinical and clinical restorative dentistry. I also practice general dentistry at Rutgers Dental Associates.

Recent Publications

Strickland M, Duda P, Merdad HE, Pelaez-Shelton RE, Rosivack RG, Markowitz K. (2017) The clinical performance of chairside caries risk assessment kits. Quintessence Int 48:161-171.
Velusamy SK, Markowitz K, Fine DH, Velliyagounder K. (2016) Human lactoferrin protects against Streptococcus mutans induced caries in mice. Oral Dis 22:148–154.
Markowitz K, Gutta A, Merdad H, Guzy G, Rosivack G. (2015) Diagnostic performance of the Spectra™ Caries detection Aid. J Clin Dent 26:17-22.
Fine DH, Markowitz K, Fairlie K, Tischio-Bereski D, Ferrandiz J, Godboley D, Furgang D, Gunsolley J, Best A. (2014). Macrophage inflammatory protein-1alpha shows predictive value as a risk marker for subjects and sites vulnerable to bone loss in a longitudinal model of aggressive periodontitis. PloS one 9:e98541.
Markowitz K, Rosenfeld D, Peikes D, Guzy G, Rosivack G (2013). Effect of pit and fissure sealants on caries detection by a fluorescent camera system. J Dent 41:590-599.
Markowitz K, Stenvall R, Graye M (2012). The effect of distance and tooth structure on laser fluorescence caries detection. Oper Dent 37:150-160.
Markowitz K, Fairlie K, Ferrandiz J, Nasri-Heir C, Fine DH (2012). A longitudinal study of occlusal caries in Newark New Jersey school children: Relationship between initial dental finding and the development of new lesions. Arch Oral Biol 57:1482-1490.
Markowitz K, Rosenblum MA (2010). The effect of cationic polymer treatment on dye staining and on the adhesion of charged particles to dentin. Arch Oral Biol 55:60-67.
Fine DH, Markowitz K, Furgang D, Velliyagounder K (2010). Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans as an early colonizer of oral tissues: Epithelium as a reservoir J Clin Microbiol 48:4464-4473.
Hermanstyne TO, Markowitz K, Fan KL, Gold MS (2008). Mechanotransducers in Rat Pulpal Afferents. J. Dent. Res 87:834-8.
Book Chapter:
Markowitz K, Pashley D (2015). The physiological basis of dentin hypersensitivity.  In: D. Gillam (ed.), Dentine Hypersensitivity: Advances in Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment, Springer International 11-42.