Penn Dental Medicine

Departments & Faculty

Fusun Ozer, DDS, PhD

Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs

Education

  • DMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2013
  • PhD, Marmara University Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul, Turkey, 1991
  • DDS, Marmara University Faculty of Dentistry, Istanbul, Turkey, 1982

Honors/Credentials

  • Full-time Instructor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2008-2015
  • The Josephine and Joseph Rabinowitz Grant Award for Excellence in Research, 2014
  • The award of Schoenleber Pilot Grant, 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Osmangazi University, Eskisehir, TURKEY, 2013-present
  • Vice President, 5th International Adhesive Dentistry Congress, Philadelphia, PA, 2013
  • Executive Committee Member, International Academy of Adhesive Dentistry (IAAD), 2013 – Present
  • Dental Materials Section Editor, Journal of Current Oral Health Reports, 2013 – Present
  • The research award of Spark Education and Research Foundation, 2011
  • The Philadelphia Academy of Stomatology Research Award, 2010
  • Active Member, IADR Membership and Recruitment Committee, 2010 – 2013
  • Active Board Member, International Association for Dental Research, Continental European Division (IADR-CED), 2006 – 2009
  • Chair, Regional Development Committee of International Association for Dental Research, Continental European Division (IADR-CED), 2005 – 2009
  • Part-time Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2008
  • Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Selcuk University Faculty of Dentistry, Konya, Turkey, 2001-2008.
  • Chair, ERASMUS (The Program of Internationalizing European Education) and International Relationships Committee, Selcuk University, Konya, TURKEY, 2001 – 2008
  • Department Chair, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Selcuk University Faculty of Dentistry, Konya, Turkey, 1998 – 2008
  • Executive Committee Member, DenTed (Thematic network for convergence in European Dental Education) visitation to Oulu University, Oulu, FINLAND, 2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Selcuk University Faculty of Dentistry, Konya, Turkey, 1995-2001.
  • Associate Dean Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, Selcuk University Faculty of Dentistry, Konya, Turkey, 1994 – 2001
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, Selcuk University Faculty of Dentistry, Konya, Turkey, 1991-1995.

Research Interests

Dr. Ozer is an Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry at Penn Dental Medicine. She has a broad research background in adhesive dentistry, with specific training and expertise in research areas of material adhesion and developing more biologically stable adhesive/dentin interface. Her basic research interests focus on determining the contribution of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) to enzymatic degradation at resin/dentin interfaces and trying to prevent their activity by using the proprietary MMP 8 and 9 derived peptide inhibitors. One of her recent research projects involves assessing the impact of bacteria on the degradation process of dentinal resin bonding and what can be done to reduce bacterial adhesion at the margins of resin restorations. Dr. Ozer has also conducted various company related clinical research studies in Penn Dental Medicine Restorative Clinics. She has worked on so many collaborative projects with national and international researchers from different institutions and published a large number of peer-reviewed papers in the area of dental materials and particularly in adhesive resins.

Fusun Ozer, DDS, PhD
Penn
The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030