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The Speaker

Margherita Fontana DDS, PhD

Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD, holds the position of Professor (tenured) in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics at University of Michigan School of Dentistry. After receiving her dental degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Caracas Venezuela, in 1990, Dr. Fontana worked as a Research Assistant in the Dental Research Institute, Dental School, UCV for two years, while she also worked in private practice. In 1992 she moved to the United States to pursue her research interests, and in 1996 completed a four-year PhD program in Dental Sciences at Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN. She served in the full time faculty at Indiana University until the Fall of 2009 serving there as Director of the Microbial Caries Model Facility, which is part of the Oral Health Research Institute; director of the Oral Biofilms in Caries Assessment and Management Research Program; and also Director of Predoctoral Education (Caries Management Program) for the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. She currently maintains an Affiliate position at Indiana University. She has always been very involved in teaching (problem based learning, laboratory and didactic) in Cariology in the DDS, postdoctoral and dental hygiene programs. She is currently codirector of the cariology I and II courses, and cariology discipline co-coordinator at the School of Dentistry. As a principal investigator, she has received research grants from the National Institute of Health, the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, the Delta Dental Fund, and private industry. Dr. Fontana has lectured as an invited speaker in different countries being recognized for her work in the field of Cariology. She was the first president for the Indiana Chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association, and has been a member for many years of the International Association for Dental Research, the European Organization for Caries Research (ORCA), and the American Society for Microbiology. She was the 2007-2008 President of the Cariology group of the International Association for Dental Research,the 2010-2011 Chair of the newly approved Cariology Section of the American Dental Education Association, and a Fellow in the 2011-2012 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. In 2012 she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her work on caries risk assessment in children.