My research has focused primarily on aspects of the Functional Matrix theory, which was developed originally in Dr. Melvin Moss- laboratory. After I joined the faculty, Dr. Moss and I worked in a shared laboratory and worked on the effects of the functional matrix on fetal and postnatal cranial growth. In addition to our shared projects (e.g. logarithmic growth patterns of the skull; finite element analysis of skull growth) my efforts were concentrated on the growth of cartilages: growth plates in long bones and synchondroses in the skull. Experimental methods included denervation experiments , 3-D analysis of chondrocytic columns in growth plates, computer-based analysis of random growth patterns of the clones that gave rise to the columns, and a combination of kinematics and chondrocytic clone patterns.
A secondary focus of my research was the description of particular characteristics of dental tissues and comparative odontogenesis.
In recent years I have been involved in the development of new media applications to enrich the teaching of courses in oral histology and embryology, clinical anatomy, molecular mechanisms, as well as several graduate courses.
Provost's Task Force, Teaching Resource Center
Columbia University Academic and Strategic Planning Subcommittee
Site Visitor - ACHE Middle States Association
Provost's Intellectual Property Policy Committee
Columbia University Senate (Education Committee - co-chair; Faculty Affairs Committee - co-chair; Executive Committee)
Melvin L. Moss and Letty Salentijn : The unitary logarithmic curve descriptive of human mandibular growth. Acta Anat., 78:532-542, 1971
Letty Moss-Salentijn : Studies on dentin.3. Vestigial lacteal incisor teeth of the rat. Acta Anat., 92:329-351, 1975
Letty Moss-Salentijn: Experimental retardation of early endochondral ossification in the phalangeal epiphyses of rat. Proc.Finn.Dent.Soc., 77:129-138, 1981
M. Shinozuka, A. Tsurui, T. Naganuma, M. L. Moss and L. Moss-Salentijn: A stochastic-mechanical model of longitudinal long bone growth. J.Theor.Biol.,108: 413-436, 1984
M. L. Moss, R. Skalak, H. Patel, K. Sen, L. Moss-Salentijn, M. Shinozueka, and H. Vilmann : Finite element method modeling of cranio-facial growth. Am. J. Orthodontics, 87:453-472, 1985
Letty Moss-Salentijn: Reattachment of muscles to developing cranial elements. Nova Acta Leopoldina NF 58 (262): 257-265, 1986
Letty Moss-Salentijn, Melvin L. Moss, Masanobu Shinozuka, and Richard Skalak : Morphological analysis and computer-aided, three-dimensional reconstruction of chondrocytic columns in rabbit growth plates. J.Anat.,151: 157-167,1987
Letty Moss-Salentijn, N. F. Kember, M. Shinozuka, W. F. Wu and Anjana Bose: Computer simulations of chondrocytic clone behavior in rabbit growth plates. J. Anat., 175:7-17, 1991
Stephen C. Cowin, Letty Moss-Salentijn and Melvin L. Moss: Candidates for the mechanosensory system in bone. J. Biomech. Eng. 113: 191-197, 1991
M. L. Moss, L. Moss-Salentijn, G. Hasselgren, H. Ling: A quantum biological hypothesis of human secondary dentinogenesis. Medical Hypotheses 64: 479-486, 2005Textbooks
Letty Moss-Salentijn, Edmund Applebaum and Alfred Lamme: Orofacial Histology and Embryology. A Visual Integration TEXTBOOK/ATLAS, F. A. Davis Company, Philadelphia, 1972
Letty Moss-Salentijn and Marlene Hendricks-Klyvert: Dental and Oral Tissues. An Introduction. (Editions 1-3) Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia, 1980, 1985, 1990. Translated in Italian and Japanese.
Honors and Awards
Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (Columbia University)
Committees , Council, and Professional Society Memberships
American Association of Anatomists
American Association of Clinical Anatomists
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
American Society of Biomechanics
American Dental Education Association
Fellow, Royal Microscopical Society
International Association of Dental Research