Jin Hee  Kwak, D.D.S., M.S.
Adjunct Associate Professor
(310) 825-4384
(310) 206-5349
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  30-117 CHS


Jin Hee Kwak, D.D.S., M.S. joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Orthodontics, upon completion of the UCLA post-doctoral orthodontics training program in 2013. She obtained board-certification through the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) in 2014 and became the Clinic Director of the UCLA orthodontic clinic in 2015. As the Clinic Director, she participates in the ABO Educators Symposium annually to review and update board policies and the direction of orthodontic education. Her clinical expertise includes adolescence and adult orthodontics as well as craniofacial deformity treatment, utilizing various tools such as clear aligners, lingual braces, micro-implants, and botulinum toxin. She has received fellowship awards from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation every year since 2015.

In addition to the clinical practice, she has been involved extensively in translational research in the field of skeletal tissue engineering since 2009 at UCLA. Her current focus of research is the development of local and systemic therapeutics for the treatment of osteoporosis and for the improvement of post-surgical bone healing in medically compromised patients.

Educational & Professional Background

  • B.S./D.D.S., Yonsei University, S. Korea, 2009

  • M.S., Oral Biology, UCLA, 2012

  • Certificate, Orthodontics, UCLA, 2013

  • Certificate, American Board of Orthodontics, 2014

Research & Interests

  • Skeletal Tissue Engineering

  • Osteoporosis therapy

  • Craniofacial deformity treatment

  • Micro-implant assisted orthodontics 

  • Clear aligner therapy for mild to moderate and severe malocclusion

Professional Memberships

  • 2010-Present. Member, International and American Association of Dental Research (IADR/AADR)

  • 2010-Present. Member, American Association of Orthodontics (AAO)

  • 2013-Present. Member, American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

  • 2014-Present. Member, American Dental Association (ADA)

  • 2014-Present, Member, College of Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics


  • Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award, 2011, International and American Association for Dental Research (IADR/AADR)

  • Charley Schultz Resident Scholar Award, 2011, American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)

  • Johnson & Johnson Hatton Award, 2014, American Association for Dental Research (AADR)

  • Robert E. Binder Teaching Fellowship Award, 2016, American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF)

  • Willie and Earl Shepard Fellowship Award, 2017, American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF)

  • K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award, 2017, NIDCR/NIH

Representative Publications

  • Zheng, Z., Yin, W., Zara, J.N., Li, W., Kwak, J., Mamidi, R., Lee, M., Siu, R.K., Ngo R., Wang, J., Carpenter, D., Zhang, X., Wu, B., Ting, K., Soo, C. The use of BMP-2 coupled-nanosilver-PLGA composite grafts to induce bone repair in grossly infected segmental defects. Biomaterials 2010, 31 (35): 9293-9300. PMID: 20864167.

  • Baek, M.S., Choi, Y.J., Yu, H.S., Lee, K.J., Kwak, J., Park, Y.C. Long-term stability of anterior open-bite treatment by intrusion of maxillary posterior teeth. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010 Oct;138(4):396.e1-9.

  • Zhang, X., Peault, B., Chen, W., Li, W., Corselli, M., James A.W., Lee, M., Siu, R.K., Pang, S., Zheng, Z., Shen, J., Kwak, J., Zara, J.N., Chen, F., Zhang, H., Yin, Z., Wu, B., Ting, K., Soo, C. The Nell-1 Growth Factor Stimulates Bone Formation by Purified Human Perivascular Cells. Tissue Eng Part A. 2011 Oct;17(19-20):2497-509. PMID: 21615216.

  • Kwak, J., Zara, J.N., Chiang, M., Ngo R., Shen, J., James, A.W., Le, K.M., Moon, C., Zhang, X., Gou Z., Ting, K., Soo, C. NELL-1 Injection Maintains Long-bone Quantity and Quality in an Ovariectomy-induced Osteoporotic Senile Rat Model. Tissue Eng Part A. 2013 Feb;19(3-4):426-36. PMID: 23083222.

  • Kwak, J., Zhang, Y., Park, J.Y., Chen, E., Shen, J., Chawan, C., Tanjaya, J., Lee, S., Zhang, X., Wu, B., Ting, K., Soo, C. Pharmacokinetics and Osteogenic Potential of PEGylated NELL-1 In Vivo After Systemic Administration. Biomaterials. 2015 Jul;57:73-83. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2015.03.063. PMID: 25913252.

  • Dasy, H. & Dasy, A., Asatrian, G., Rozsa, N., Lee, H.F., Kwak, J. Influence of Variable Attachment Shapes and Aligner Material on Aligner Retention. Angle Orthodontist. 2015 Nov;85(6):934-40. doi: 10.2319/091014-637.1. PMID: 26516708.

  • Shi, J., Lee, S., Pan, H.C., Mohammad, A., Lin, A., Guo, W., Chen, E., Ahn, A., Li, J., Ting, K., Kwak, J. Association of Condylar Bone Quality with TMJ Osteoarthritis. Journal of Dental Research 2017. May 1:22034517707515. doi: 10.1177/0022034517707515. PMID: 28476093 

Additional Information

Journal Reviewer:

  • 2012–Present. Ad hoc reviewer, Tissue Engineering 

  • 2013–Present. Ad hoc reviewer, Oral Health and Dental Management 

  • 2015-Present. Ad hoc reviewer, Angle Orthodontist