UBC Dentistry announces full-time faculty promotions

Fall-Winter 2018/19

Dr. Adrian Manso

Adriana Manso, DDS, MS, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in the Division of Restorative Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Sciences.

Dr. Manso came to the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry in 2011, serving as a Clinical Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Division of Biomaterials. She received her DDS degree from the State University of Londrina, Brazil, and then went on to pursue an MSc in Operative Dentistry, as well as a PhD in Dental Biomaterials from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She also holds two specialty degrees in Endodontics and Operative Dentistry. Following her education, Manso taught Dental Biomaterials and Operative Dentistry to Specialization Courses in Brazil, and served as Manager for Clinical Research at Bisco, Inc, USA. Additionally, she worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, at the University of Florida.

She has lectured both nationally and internationally in invited presentations and continuing education courses. Her research interests primarily consist of restorative dental materials and dental interfaces. Currently, her research interests are focused on collaborative work aiming to explore the use of metallic ions for the development of smart restorative and therapeutic dental materials for caries prevention and control.


Dr. Kavita Mathu-Muju

Kavita Mathu-Muju, MD, MPH, Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry, FRCD(C), has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Oral Health Sciences.

Dr. Mathu-Muju is a graduate of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Manitoba. Following graduation, she served as a general dentist with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada practicing in rural health centers and school-based dental clinics. Caring for children in remote communities motivated her to further her education in dentistry for children. Mathu-Muju matriculated in the pediatric dentistry graduate program at the School of Dentistry of the University of North Carolina. She has authored and co-authored some of the best scientific evidence on the topic of dental therapy, publishing creative and original work with a particular focus on children living in First Nation and Inuit communities.

Her teaching role includes both undergraduate DMD and the combined MSc or PhD Craniofacial Sciences with Diploma in Pediatric Dentistry programs. Within the undergraduate DMD and graduate curriculum, she is a Module Coordinator and teaches a wide range of didactic and clinical courses. Her clinical work and public health research with the native communities is very important. She is working currently with the First Nations Health Authority related to oral health access to care issues. Her research interests are focused on addressing access to oral health care for children from marginalized segments of Canadian society from those who are economically disadvantaged, those with special health care needs, and First Nations and Inuit communities. She joined UBC in 2011.


Dr. Bingshuang Zou

Bingshuang Zou, DDS, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in the Division of Orthodontics, Department of Oral Health Sciences.

Dr. Zou came to the Faculty of Dentistry in 2014 as a Visiting Associate Professor before being appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor shortly thereafter. She completed her DDS degree from the School of Stomatology at Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China. Following her undergraduate degree, she earned a PhD in Stomatological Medicine and a Diploma in Orthodontics from Peking University in Beijing, China, where she then became a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Orthodontics.

She then went on to work as a Visiting Scholar at the College of Dentistry at Seoul National University, as well as the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, focusing on research in the areas of TMJ related diseases, as well as molecular mechanisms involved in the ordered mineralization of dentin. She then returned to Peking University as a full-time Clinical Associate Professor, where she taught and supervised graduate students until she came to Vancouver and UBC in 2014. Since arriving, she has been a valuable asset to the faculty, engaging in research efforts in the Sleep Apnea Laboratory and the Frontier Clinical Research Centre, as well as teaching in the DMD program.