Dr. Daniela Mendonça is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biologic & Materials Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics, at the University of Michigan. She got her DDS in 2001 from Federal University of Uberlândia – School of Dentistry, Brazil. She also received her postgraduate training in Prosthodontics in 2003 and her MS degree in Oral Rehabilitation from the same institution in 2005. During her master’s she studied the masticatory performance of edentulous patients rehabilitated with fixed mandibular implant-supported prostheses or complete dentures compared to patients with natural dentition. In 2010, she got her PhD in Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology from the Catholic University of Brasilia, Brazil. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, she was a teacher assistant in Occlusion, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Implants at the Department of Prosthodontics from 2008 to 2010 at the School of Dentistry – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. From 2010 to 2014, she got her post-doctoral training in the Bone Biology and Implant Therapy laboratory at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Mendonça’s current teaching activities include teaching predoctoral students in the Comprehensive Care Clinics and the fixed and removable prosthodontics preclinical courses. Her research interests are related to how we can improve or accelerate bone regeneration using different titanium surfaces, and the impact / importance of small molecules like micro-RNAs (miRNAs) in this process, in the absence or presence of bone metabolic diseases, like osteoporosis.