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Dr. Sompop Bencharit

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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). Dr. Bencharit received his DDS in 1994 and Graduate Diploma in Prosthodontics in 1996 from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Bencharit 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). In 2009, he became a diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP) and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP).

Dr. Bencharit has extensive clinical experiences in fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, dental implants, and maxillofacial prosthodontics. He was the first prosthodontic chief resident of the program at UNC, from July 1998 to June 1999. Dr. Bencharit joined the UNC faculty in February 2005. His main clinical teaching responsibility includes the 3rd and 4th year DDS fixed, removable, and implant prosthodontic clinics; and graduate prosthodontic clinics. He also mentors undergraduate, medical, dental, postgraduate, and PhD students. He focuses his dental practices on full mouth rehabilitation with dental implants. He maintains his attending hospital privileges at the UNC Memorial Hospitals.

Dr. Bencharit is a protein structural biologist specializing in protein X-ray crystallography. He has his research interests in structural biology and its application to human diseases in particular the role of signaling proteins involved in vessel development. In addition he is also interested in the clinical application of salivary proteomics using an advanced mass spectrometry known as Surface-enhanced Laser Desorption/ionization Time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF/MS). 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; and (2) salivary proteomic analysis and biomarker discovery. His current research works are funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP). He is an active member of International Association of Dental Research (IADR), American Association of Dental Research (AADR), American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), American Crystallographic Association (ACA), American Dental Education Association (ADEA), American Academy of Osseointegration (AO), and Angioma Alliance.