Maria Elisa Galarraga-Vinueza

D.D.S., MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor

2010 – 2015 Degree of Dentist, D.D.S. Universidad San Francisco de Quito- Quito-Ecuador (Summa cum Laude). Thesis: “Molecular analysis and identification of Enteroccocus faecalis and Candida albicans associated to Refractory Apical Periodontitis”
2015 – 2018 Master of Science, Federal University of Santa Catarina-Florianópolis, Brazil. Thesis: “Anti-biofilm and antibacterial effect of bioactive glasses embedding organic and inorganic compounds to enhance bone regeneration”
2015 – 2017 Certificate Implant Dentistry and Oral Surgery, IPENO, Santa Catarina-Florianópolis, Brazil. Thesis: “Peri-implantitis diagnosis and etiology”
2018 – 2022 Doctor in Philosophy (PhD), Federal University of Santa Catarina - Florianópolis, Brazil. Thesis: “Peri-implantitis combined surgical therapy outcomes: 3- dimensional tissue variations, macrophage polarization influence and future coadjuvant anti-inflammatory therapies”

Academic Appointments
2016-2017 Visiting Researcher, Institute for Biomaterials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Germany (FAU). Research project: “Characterization and bioactivity analyses of mesoporous bioactive glass embedding anti-biofilm bioactive molecules derived from cranberry and propolis for bone repair applications”. In collaboration with Prof. Aldo Boccaccini, director of the department
2019– 2020 Osteology Foundation Research Scholar, Goethe University, Oral Surgery Department Frankfurt, Germany
2020– present Visiting Professor, Department of Oral surgery, University of las Americas, Quito, Ecuador
2022– present Full time assistant Professor in the department of Prosthodontics, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), Boston, USA

Professional Positions
2020 – 2022 Oral Surgeon, Francisco Buenaño Dental Center, Quito, Ecuador
2020 – 2022 Oral Surgeon, Galarraga Odontología Dental Center, Quito, Ecuador
Major Administrative Leadership Positions
2020 – 2022 Owner, Galarraga Odontología Dental Center, Quito, Ecuador
2022– present Full Time Assistant Professor in the department of Prosthodontics at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM), Boston, USA
2023– present Principal investigator of Master of Science project of PG resident