Faculty Information

Andrew I. Spielman, DMD, MS, PhD

Molecular Pathobiology
Director, Rare Book Library and Historical Archives
Room 914S, Dental Center, 345 East 24th Street
E-mail: ais1@nyu.edu

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Certificate (online), History of Medicine, Oxford University 2018
PostDoc Fellow, Neuroscience, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA 1989
PhD, Biochemistry/Oral Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1988
MS, Biochemistry/Oral Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1985
Certificate, Oral Surgery, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel 1982
DMD, Dentistry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tirgu Mures, Romania 1974

Honors / Credentials

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (UK) - 2021
  • Honorary Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Educators, NYU - 2019
  • President, American Academy of History of Dentistry - 2018-2023
  • Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine - 2015
  • Fellow of American College of Dentists 2013
  • Fellow of International College of Dentists - 2012
  • ADEA Excellence in Teaching Award - 2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award NYU - 2009
  • Fellow Pierre Fauchard Academy 2008
  • ADEA Dental Education Award - 2007

Research Interests / Professional Overview

  • Dental education
  • Mechanisms of bitter and sour taste
  • History of medicine and dentistry

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Dental education is at a crossroads. Health care reform, interdisciplinary education, the digital revolution and the role of dentists in overall health, are all shaping how we teach and test in and outside a dental school. I am interested in innovative ways of delivering curriculum, promoting learning rather than testing, and emphasizing integration and clinical application of basic science concepts.

An older interest of mine is the peripheral mechanisms of taste transduction, primarily that of the bitter and sour taste. With my collaborators we collect human fungiform taste papillae and culture them and study a variety of aspects related to human taste.

Finally, have an interest in the History of Medicine and Dentistry and the role others had played before us in shaping current knowledge. As the recently appointed Director of our Rare Book Library, we started a process of digitization and publishing of cover stories for each volume of our extraordinary dentally-relevant collection.

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

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Relevant Publications on Taste:

Spielman AI and Brand JG. (2018). Wiring taste receptor cells to the central gustatory system. Oral Diseases 24, January, doi: 10.1111/odi.12833.

Douglas JE, Lin C, Mansfield CJ, Arayata CJ, Cowart CJ, Spielman AI, et al., (2019). Tissue dependent expression of bitter taste receptor TAS2R38 mRNA. Chemical Senses 44(1):33-40.  

Spielman, A.I., Ozdener, M.H. and Brand, J.G. (2019) Chemosensory systems. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester. (In Press). DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000038.pub3.

Ozdener, M.H., Donadoni, M., Cicalese, S., Spielman, AI. et al. (2020) Zika virus infection in chemosensory cells. J. NeuroVirol.

Ozdener, M.H., Spielman, AI., Wise, Paul (2021). Sophorolipid reduces bitter taste in humans in vivo and in vitro. Submitted to J. Surfact. Deterg.

Relevant Publications on Education:

Schloss AJ, Verjee N, Spielman AI. (2017). The Era of Personalized Dentistry Is Upon Us: It's Time to Include It in Dental Curricula (Guest Editorial). J Dent Ed 81:4, 363-365.

Spielman AI. (2018). The Future of Oral Medicine. Oral Diseases 24(1-2), doi: 10.1111/odi.12739.

London L, Zheng L, Rifkin B, Spielman AI, London S. (2019). A Three-Year Longitudinal Study on the Teaching of Personalized Dentistry in North American Dental Schools. J. Dental Edu. https://doi.org/10.21815/JDE.019.108

Sunavala, G and Spielman, A.I. (2020) Restructuring of Dental Education in a Post-COVID-19 Era. Oral Diseases. https://DOI:10.1111/odi.13580

Relevant Publications on History of Dentistry:

Spielman AI. (2018) The 150 Year History of New York University College of Dentistry - Vol 1, p.144.

Spielman AI. (2018) The 150 Year History of New York University College of Dentistry - Vol 2. P313.

Spielman, AI (2020). A Brief History of Dental Education in Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice. Nestel D., Reedy, G., McKenna, L, Gough, S. Eds., Springer-Nature Publishers, London. https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-981-13-6106-7

Spielman, AI. and Sunavala-Dossabhoy, G (2021). - Pandemics and Education: A Historical Review. J Dent. Edu. 85(6):741-746.

Tareen F, Ayroso V, Manal T, Jaffar M, Kakos E, Kamel D. and Spielman, AI. (2021) - Elixirs of the Past - Quackery, Claims and Cures I - Opium - J. Hist. Dent. Vol 69 (1). In press.

Jaafar, M., Kakos, E., Ayroso, V., Vorrath, A., Tareen, F. and Spielman, AI. (2022). - Elixirs of the Past - Quackery, Claims and Cures - Electricity - J. Hist. Dent. (Accepted for publication).

Kamel, D., Tareen, M., Vafamansouri, R. and Spielman, AI. (2022). Elixirs of the Past: Quackery, Claims and Cure - Magnetism. J Hist. Dent. (Accepted for publication).