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HCBB Welcomes European Scientist, University of Granada Agreement

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 2:03pm

HCBB Director Rade D. Paravina, DDS, PhD (left) and HCBB Research Associate Aleksander Aleksic, PhD (right), welcome visiting scientist Branka Trifkovic, DDS, PhD of the University of Belgrade School of Dentistry.

HCBB Director Rade D. Paravina, DDS, PhD (left) and HCBB Research Associate Aleksander Aleksic, PhD (right), welcome visiting scientist Branka Trifkovic, DDS, PhD of the University of Belgrade School of Dentistry. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

The Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics (HCBB) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry has initiated an agreement of cooperation between UTHealth and CIE BioTic Granada, a component of the University of Granada (Spain), Campus of International Excellence, Information Communication Technology. The agreement calls for scientific collaboration between the two universities.

The HCBB is also hosting visiting scientist Branka Trifkovic, DDS, MS, PhD, of the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Belgrade School of Dentistry in Serbia.  She began her four-month visit to Houston in October and has been working on several projects, including “Thermocycling, Staining and Whitening Dependent Changes in Color, Translucency and Gloss of Dental Materials,” funded by GC Corporation, and “Color Adjustment Potential of Resin Composites,” funded by the American Dental Association. She plans to return to Serbia in early February.

While at UTSD, Trifkovic has been working with colleagues originally from her home country:  HCBB Director Rade D. Paravina, DDS, PhD, and Aleksander Aleksic, PhD, a retired Baylor College of Medicine scientist who joined UTHealth in 2011 as a research associate. With a doctorate in physical chemistry, Aleksic has laboratory expertise and has applied it to HCBB operations, including guiding residents as they conduct their experiments.