Dr. D’Silva is clinician-scientist and educator. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, which is her area of clinical practice. Diagnostic pathology immensely informs her research in oral cancer, which focuses on biomarkers and molecular mechanisms of tumor progression and treatment resistance. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/ National Institutes of Health, currently by the Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research award. Her work has been recognized by several awards including the Distinguished Scientist Award for Oral Medicine and Pathology Research from the International Association of Dental Research, the Rod Cawson Prize from the International Association of Oral Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and the University of Michigan Crosby Award for women in science and engineering.

Dr. D’Silva enjoys teaching and mentoring students, post-doctoral fellows, and colleagues. She was honored when current and former students, fellows, and colleagues nominated her for the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research Distinguished Mentor award which she received. As Associate Chair of the Division of Oral Pathology, Medicine and Radiology, she serves the department through a variety of administrative responsibilities.

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