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Olga J. Baker – July 2017

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Olga J. Baker is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. She received a D.D.S. from the Central University of Venezuela School of Dentistry in 1992, as well as a Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences from the Central University of Venezuela School of Medicine in 2003. Dr. Baker worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and as a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Missouri Department of Biochemistry. In 2009, she became an Assistant Professor in the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dentistry, where she obtained multiple grants from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Dr. Baker moved to the University of Utah in 2014, where she has continued her research programs, developed several novel saliva substitutes and started a company for producing and distributing dental products. Her primary research focuses on therapeutic options to treat salivary gland hypofunction, including use of resolvins to alleviate chronic inflammation and fibrin hydrogels to promote tissue regeneration.