Dr. Butali joined the College of Dentistry in 2013 after completing his postdoctoral fellowship in craniofacial genetics at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Butali's primary responsibility is conducting research -- initiating projects, study design, and the direction of genome-wide studies for craniofacial anomalies and subclinical cleft phenotypes in the African population. He is also responsible for the design and coordination of research into the genetic causes of aggressive periodontitis and preterm births in Africa.
Dr. Butali's teaching responsibilities include seminars, conferences for undergraduate dental students, and students in the oral science graduate programs.
Dr. Butali directs the African Craniofacial Anomalies Network, a collaboration between scientists in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda. His research, "Genetic Studies of Non-syndromic Clefts in Populations of African Descent," is currently funded through a K99/R00 award from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research. His studies use a variety of techniques and approaches, including next generation sequencing approaches. He is also involved in the investigation of subclinical phenotypes for orofacial clefts as well as examining the role of micronutrients in oral clefts prevention. Other interests include genetics of aggressive periodontitis and genetics of preterm births in the African population. He is currently collaborating with researchers in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Dundee (Scotland), Seattle (WA), Pittsburgh (PA), and Puerto Rico.
Dr. Butali is a member of the Challenge Team 9, Global Initiative of the American Cleft Palate Association; the Society of Craniofacial Geneticists; the American Society for Human Genetics; the International Genetic Epidemiology Society; the American Association for Dental Research, the International Association for Dental Research. and the Pan African Association for Cleft Lip and Palate.