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Tara L. Aghaloo, D.D.S., M.D., Ph.D.
Tara L. Aghaloo, D.D.S., M.D., Ph.D.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

General Information:

English, Spanish


Associate Professor,School of Dentistry
Member, JCCC Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program Area

Hospital Affiliation(s):

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry, 1999 - 2000
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCLA School of Dentistry, 1998 - 1999
Medical Degree:
D.D.S., University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, 1994


Board Certification(s):
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2003

Contact Information:

(310) 794-7070

Practice Information:

Clinical Interest(s):
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Scientific Interest(s):

Dr. Tara Aghaloo’s research interests are in cancer biology, especially primary and metastatic disease to bone and complications related to cancer therapy. She is also interested in signaling pathways involved in primary and metastasis to bone.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications:

Aghaloo TL, Chaichanasakul T, Bezouglaia O, Kang B, Franco R, Dry SM, Atti E, Tetradis S. Osteogenic potential of mandibular vs. long-bone marrow stromal cells. J Dent Res. 2010 Nov;89(11):1293-8. Epub 2010 Sep 1.

Aghaloo TL, Felsenfeld AL, Tetradis S. Osteonecrosis of the jaw in a patient on Denosumab. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010 May;68(5):959-63. Epub 2010 Feb 10.

Aghaloo T, Cowan CM, Zhang X, Freymiller E, Soo C, Wu B, Ting K, Zhang Z. The effect of NELL1 and bone morphogenetic protein-2 on calvarial bone regeneration. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2010 Feb;68(2):300-8.

Aghaloo T, Jiang X, Soo C, Zhang Z, Zhang X, Hu J, Pan H, Hsu T, Wu B, Ting K, Zhang X. A study of the role of nell-1 gene modified goat bone marrow stromal cells in promoting new bone formation. Mol Ther. 2007 Oct;15(10):1872-80. Epub 2007 Jul 24.

Aghaloo TL, Amantea CM, Cowan CM, Richardson JA, Wu BM, Parhami F, Tetradis S. Oxysterols enhance osteoblast differentiation in vitro and bone healing in vivo. J Orthop Res. 2007 Nov;25(11):1488-97.