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August 2021 – Ana Paula P. Fugolin

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Ana Paula P. Fugolin, earned her dental degree, M.S., and Ph.D. in Dental Materials from the University of Campinas UNICAMP, Brazil. She has been fully engaged in research for the last five years at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on the development of innovative dental polymers with increased toughness, reduced contraction stress, antimicrobial activity, and higher resistance to hydrolytic and enzymatic degradation. Fugolin has been awarded a NIDCR Dentist Scientist Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) and is currently in a transition process to an independent faculty position. She is focused on designing polymeric biomaterials capable of retaining a set of specifically coded instructions by virtue of their chemical structure, enabling them to interact with the oral environment and perform a desired function on demand. Fugolin is the author of a patent, book chapter, and over 34 articles in peer review journals. She has been a member of the IADR/AADOCR since 2011, and is an active affiliate of the IADR/AADOCR Dental Materials group.