Institute for Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic Research

We utilize GSO’s cutting-edge research to improve our patients’ clinical treatment and experience.

We aim to initiate well designed clinical research to position Georgia School of Orthodontics as a pioneer in the field of orthodontic research. The key to our effort is providing the required infrastructure, research funding, and personnel to achieve our goals of being preeminent nationally and internationally in the next five years. The funding dedicated to the Institute aids research in trials on accelerated orthodontics, three-dimensional cone beam computed tomography and Clear Aligners.

Research at GSO gives an excellent opportunity for graduate residents to investigate and have firsthand experience in this scholarly activity. The residents work closely with a primary investigator who guides them through conducting the research, which helps to develop critical thinking and improve their communication skills. Additionally, the school also encourages the residents to present their research findings at the American Association for Dental Research and the American Association of Orthodontics meetings held annually.

Dr. Nandakumar Janiakiraman


Director of Research

Our innovative research department is led by our Director of Research, Dr. Nandakumar Janiakiraman. His extensive experience and publications ensure that GSO stays at the forefront of orthodontic study.

Dr. Janakiraman obtained his dental degree from Government Dental College Bangalore University, India in 1998, and a master’s degree in orthodontics from Government Dental College NTR University of Health, India in 2002. He moved to the United States of America in 2010 after getting accepted to the Fellowship Program in Orthodontics at the University of Connecticut. In the next three years he obtained his master’s degree (M.Dent.Sc) and a certificate in orthodontics. He served as full-time faculty member at University of Connecticut from July 2014 – May 2016. Later he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville as Assistant Professor and Research Director. Dr. Janakiraman is a Diplomate of American Board of Orthodontics and member of AAO and SAO.

He has published twenty articles in peer reviewed orthodontic journals and contributed to two chapters in orthodontic textbooks. Additionally he has presented his work in scientific meetings both nationally and internationally. His research interests have primarily focused on reducing treatment time and improving the evidence and biomechanical knowledge of various orthodontic techniques and appliances. His publications have covered numerous topics including investigating new orthodontic techniques and appliances, re-evaluating routinely used orthodontic systems in order to throw greater light on them, and more recently, integrating the current 3D technologies into clinical orthodontics. One of his primary objectives as a researcher and clinician is to translate his research findings to more efficient and effective outcomes for patients.

Published Faculty

The Georgia School of Orthodontics Institute for Orthodontic and Dentofacial Orthopedic Research is proud to include esteemed researchers and faculty among its members. Their published works help keep GSO a pioneer in the field of orthodontic research. Please click on the present and past faculty images below for a list of their respective publications.

Resident and Faculty Research Publications

Our faculty and residents keep GSO at the forefront of cutting-edge orthodontic research. Please click below to view some of their impressive publications.