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Trainees & Visiting Scholars

Ruben Mesia

  • Graduated from Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University School of Dentistry in Lima, Peru in 1997
  •  Currently working as a Periodontist in private practice in the Tampa area and serves as a courtesy clinical assistant professor and teaching instructor for DMD students in the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida

Past Trainees & Visiting Scholars

Dr. Hiba Al-Kassab, DMD

  • Graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 2010
  • Assisted in patient care and data analysis of aggressive periodontitis in children
  • Currently working in a private practice and applying for Pediatric residency

Dr. Joyce Bezerra, DDS, PhD

  • Visiting PhD student from Brazil from January to July 2012
  • Obtained scholarship to come to UF to evaluate local inflammatory markers in type II diabetic patients and defended her PhD thesis in 2012
  • Wrote 2 manuscripts – one accepted Journal of Clinical Periodontology and 1 in revision

Dr. Carol Calil

  • Post-doctoral fellow from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil from June 2008 – 2010
  • Co-mentored a project to develop a large clinical trial to understand the relationship between periodontal disease and stress

Dr. Patricia Furtado Goncalves, DDS, MS, PhD

  • Visiting research scholar from Minas Gerais, Brazil from March to November 2012
  • Worked on associations of specific microbiota and host response in aggressive periodontitis
  • Wrote 4 manuscripts – 2 published, 1 accepted and 1 in submission

Fatemeh Gholami, DDS, MS

  • Visiting periodontology fellow from Tehran, Iran
  • Completed a fellowship in Implantology and Advanced periodontal Surgical Techniques from UF
  • Worked on a project looking at gender differences in the immune response in African American children with localized aggressive periodontal disease
  • Currently a resident in Periodontology at Nova Southeastern University

Ivana Gomes

  • Master’s and PhD student from the University of Campinas in Brazil from 2003-2006
  • Co-mentored her project: “Locally delivered chlorhexidine chip during maintenance therapy”
  • Published a paper from her thesis
  • Currently an assistant professor in a dental school in the northeast of Brazil

Dr. Mauro Santamaria

  • Visiting post- doctoral fellow from Brazil from November 2008-2009
  • Worked a portion of his PhD thesis project on microbiological and immunological factors on surgical recession coverage using different techniques and restorative material
  • Currently teaching at State University of Sao Paulo in Unesp, Bauru, Brazil
  • Wrote 2 manuscripts – 1 published and 1 submitted