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December 2020 – Cristina Vidal

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Cristina Vidal is an Assistant Professor at the of Iowa College of Dentistry, Iowa City. Vidal obtained her D.D.S. and M.S. in Dental Sciences (Restorative Dentistry) from the São Paulo State University, Araçatuba School of Dentistry, Brazil and her Ph.D. in Dental Materials from the University of Campinas, Piracicaba School of Dentistry, Brazil. She completed a two-year post-doctoral research training at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2014. 

Vidal’s research interests are on endogenous mechanisms that promote degradation of dentin organic matrix in caries lesions and in adhesive interfaces. Her previous work was focused on the presence and activity of different families of endogenous proteases in sound and carious dentin. Moreover, she has expertise in therapies to inhibit collagen degradation, strengthen dentin mechanical properties and increase tissue biostability by promoting collagen cross-linking with natural-derived compounds. Vidal’s recent research projects aim to characterize host-microbiome interactions in dentin caries progression to ultimately develop novel therapies that modulate proteases involved in dentin degradation and repair processes. With more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts published in the last 10 years, Vidal collaborates with different research groups in U.S., Brazil and Finland. Vidal served as Vice-president and President of the Iowa Section of AADR in 2019 and 2020 and currently is a member of the IADR Awards Review Committee.  

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