Project Title: Tissue Structure and Mechanical Function Relationships of the Human Temporomandibular Lateral Capsule-Ligament: Investigation of Sexual and Racial Dimorphisms
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Institution: Clemson University
Funding NIH Institute/Center: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
Grant ID: K99DE031345
Cherice N. Hill grew up in Cary, North Carolina, surrounded by family, friends, and mentors in science and engineering. She participated in precollegiate STEM programs and a research internship in high school, which fueled her interest in scientific research and encouraged her to continue her STEM training. Dr. Hill discovered her passion for biomechanics while completing her BS in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia. She continued her training with an MS and PhD in biomedical engineering from Virginia Tech, focusing on movement mechanics. Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Clemson-Medical University of South Carolina bioengineering program, she studies the structural and mechanical influence of ligamentous structures on temporomandibular joint function and related health disparities. In addition to participating in conferences, seminars, and programs aimed at diversifying representation and academic approaches within higher education, Dr. Hill has mentored a diverse set of trainees in support of creating a more diverse academic workforce. Her commitment extends to her research, with the aim of improving diversity within research and optimizing research translational equity to mitigate health disparities.