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Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Floor 6W Dental Center, 421 First Avenue



1994-96 Aeronautical Engineering (Inc.), Technological Institute of Aeronautics, Brazil

2000 D.D.S., Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

2004 Specialist Certificate in Orthodontics, Canoas Air Force Hospital, Brazil

2009 Ph.D., Dental Science (Oral Biology, emphasis on Biomechanics), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

2010 Specialist Certificate in Orthodontics, Indiana University

2010 Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics


Research Interests / Professional Overview:

The objective of the research in the Orthodontic Biomechanics Laboratory is to advance the specialty of Orthodontics by promoting scientific integration of biology and mechanics and translate it to clinical practice. The following general topics are being or have been researched:

  • Optimization of the 3D load system and design of orthodontic appliances for various tooth movements.
  • Biomechanical determination of optimum mechanical environment for orthodontic tooth movement.
  • Mechanotransduction and molecular modifiers in orthodontic tooth movement and root resorption. This topic, still ongoing, was recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists with the Milo Hellman Research Award.

The investigations are conducted utilizing 3D, six degree of freedom mechanical transducers (load cells), micro-CT, cone-beam CT, advanced histological and molecular techniques, inbred and transgenic rodent models and Finite Element Analysis.

Students working in the Orthodontic Biomechanics labs have access to engineering software for construction of CAD models (Solidworks, Pro E) or highly complex biomechanical computer models of biological structures (Simpleware ScanFE, ANSYS). State of the art molecular biology equipment is available through the CTOR laboratories at NYUCD. Fellowship and post-doc opportunities are available to individuals interested in Biomechanics. Students with engineering background are highly encouraged to apply.

Rodrigo F. Viecilli, DDS, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Orthodontics

345 E 24 St., Biomechanics Laboratory- Office 846

New York-NY


Tel: (212) 998-9924

Fax: (212) 995-4241



Current Funding:

American Association of Orthodontists Foundation


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