Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Dr. Sompop Bencharit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) He received his DDS in 1994 and Clinical Diploma in Prosthodontics in 1996 from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand He earned his Certificate and Master Degree in Prosthodontics in 1999, a PhD in Oral Biology in 2003. and a Certificate in Clinical Research in 2008 from UNC. Dr Bencharit is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He is one of a very few clinicianscientists who are both boardcertified dental specialists and PhD scientists. He serves as a reviewer for over ten international scientific and dental journals.
Dr. Bencharit is a protein structural biologist specializing in protein X-ray crystallography. He has his research interests in structural biology and its applications to human diseases in particular the role of signaling proteins involved in vessel and bone development. Her current research mainly includes the clinical applications of structural biology and mass spectrometry proteomics. His main laboratory goals include (1) structural and functional studies of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM), a genetic disorder resulting in vascular defects in the brain causing hemorrhagic stroke; (2) salivary proteomic analysis and biomarker discovery for diabetes and HIV-related diseases, and (3) biology of bone regeneration and implant dentistry.