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Mark P. Mooney, PhD is professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology and the Director of the Oral Biology Graduate Program at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Anthropology, Plastic Surgery, Orthodontics, Communication Science and Disorders, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM), and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). He was the Director of the Surgical Anatomy Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh for 30 years where his major research foci were the development of animal models for craniofacial research and the effects of surgery on craniofacial growth and development in individuals with craniofacial anomalies. In 2012, Mooney received the Distinguished Scientist Award for Craniofacial Biology Research from the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). He also served as the Director of Student Research and has been a research mentor to many pre-doctoral dental students, graduate students, residents, and junior faculty over the years. In 2016 he was awarded the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the American Dental Association Board of Governors. Mooney has been a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) for over 35 years and has served in various leadership roles, including past-president, during that time period.