Dr. Krukonis teaches current topics in microbiology and infectious disease to orthodontic residents. Dr. Krukonis’ particular interests are in bacterial pathogenesis and understanding the microbial etiology of dentally-related diseases including caries, implantitis, periodontitis and other microbially-influenced processes. Dr. Krukonis obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology in 1998 from Tufts University. He has over 20 peer-reviewed publications in the field of bacterial pathogenesis, is an editor for the Journal Infection and Immunity and reviews papers for over a dozen academic journals including the Journal of Dental Research. Dr. Krukonis joined the University in July 2013.