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Visiting Scholars Add Luster to Their CVs and to NYUCD's International Reputation


Dr. Juliana Delben, Dr. Erika de Almeida, Dr. Fabio Lorenzoni




For international visiting scholars, spending a year at NYUCD provides an opportunity to be mentored in innovative research concepts and technology and to coauthor articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Over the past several years, Brazil has been especially highly represented among PhD candidates who have come to NYUCD as visiting scholars. At the same time, the visiting scholars' skills and interests enrich NYUCD's research enterprise and enhance its international reputation.

Each year, visiting scholars collaborate with mentors, including Dr. Nelson da Silva, assistant professor of prosthodontics, and Dr. Paulo G. Coelho, assistant professor of biomaterials and biomimetics, on topics ranging from implant surface engineering to mechanical testing of ceramics, resulting in an average of 20 coauthored articles annually. These articles have appeared in prestigious publications, including the Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, and Journal of Prosthodontics.

During the past year, three new PhD candidates joined the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics as visiting scholars from Brazil. All three received grants from the Brazilian government through a program designed to assist PhD candidates in studying abroad.

Dr. Fabio C. Lorenzoni, a PhD candidate in oral rehabilitation at the University of São Paulo Bauru School of Dentistry, is being mentored by Drs. da Silva and Coelho on mechanical testing methods for new ceramic materials. Dr. Lorenzoni earned a DDS degree from the Federal University of Pelotas School of Dentistry, and an MS degree in oral rehabilitation from the University of São Paulo Bauru School of Dentistry.

Dr. Juliana A. Delben, a PhD candidate in prosthodontics at the São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry, is being mentored by Drs. Coelho and da Silva on the application of nonthermal plasma technology in dentistry and medicine. Dr. Delben earned a DDS degree and an MS in prosthodontics from the São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry.

Dr. Erika O. de Almeida, a PhD candidate in prosthodontics at the São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry, is being mentored by Drs. da Silva and Coelho on implant engineering. Dr. de Almeida earned a DDS degree from the Caruaru School of Dentistry and an MS in prosthodontics from the São Paulo State University Araçatuba School of Dentistry.