Daniela Mendonça, DDS, MSc, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Biologic & Materials Sciences, Division of Prosthodontics
1011 N University Ave,
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1078
Dr. Daniela Mendonça is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor and Research Investigator at the Biologic & Material Sciences Department at the University of Michigan. She got her DDS in 2001 from the 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 improvement of masticatory performance and function in completely edentulous patients. Also she is interested in learning more about human mesenchymal stem cells function and interaction with their local microenvironment, such as differentiation into end-stage phenotypes when transplanted, recruited, or homed to injury sites and what can be done to improve or accelerate this process in terms of bone regeneration.