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Department of Periodontics
801 S. Paulina St.
  • Salvador
  • Nares
  • DDS, PhD
  • Department Head
  • Director of the Postgraduate Program in Periodontics
  • Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Immunology

Biographic Summary

After earning his DDS, PhD, and Certificate of Specialty in Periodontology from the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University in Dallas, Dr. Nares completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Oral Infection and Immunity Branch of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIDCR/NIH) at Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Nares is the author of 26 scientific articles and 28 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Nares also has been an invited moderator of the Astra Tech World Congress and session chair for the Astra Tech Platform for Exchange of Education and Research Symposium.

He is also a diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology and a member of the American Dental Association and the International and American Associations for Dental Research, and is a reviewer of manuscripts for several dental journals.

Education & Career

  • University of Texas at El Paso, BS (Microbiology), 1993
  • University of Texas at El Paso, MS (Biology), 1996
  • Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry, DDS, 1997
  • Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry, PhD (Biomedical Sciences), 2001
  • Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry, Certificate (Periodontics), 2002
  • Oral Infection and Immunity Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Mucosal Immunology), 2005

Research Interests

Dr. Nares is the principal investigator of research grants funded by the NIDCR and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation. His primary translational research focus is on the post-transcriptional modulation of mucosal immunity by microRNA and the role of antigen-presenting cells in the inflammatory response to periodontal pathogens. His clinical research interests include the histological and molecular characterization of early bone healing after dental implant placement and piezotome ultrasonic instrumentation.


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Nares S, Wahl SM. Monocytes and macrophages. Lotze MT and Thomson AT. Measuring Immunity: Basic Science and Clinical Practice, 1st Edition. Elsevier, London UK 2005. Pages 299-311.

Kumarswamy A, Moretti A, Paquette A, Padilla R, Everett A, Nares, S. In-Vivo Assessment of Osseous Wound Healing Using a Novel Bone Putty Containing Lidocaine in the Surgical Management of Tooth Extractions." Int J Dent, In Press.

Moutsopoulos N, Angelov N, Gupta B, Kling H, Jin W, Nares S, Palmer R, Osorio M, Wahl S. P. gingivalis promotes Th17 inducing pathways in chronic periodontitis. J Autoimmun, In Press.

Zhong S, Nares S, Zhang Z, Bair E, Khan A. MicroRNAs: Novel Players in the Regulation of Endodontic Disease, J Endod, In Press.

Perri R, Nares S, Zhang S, Barros SP, Offenbacher S. MicroRNA Modulation in Obesity and Periodontitis. J Dent Res 91: 33-38.