Alex Vargas

Pontifical Catholic University of ChileChile

Professor Dr. Alex Vargas Diaz has been an academic at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) since 1995. After graduating from the University of Chile with title of Dentist, he specialized in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Hospital of the PUC. He later completed internships abroad and a Diploma in Business Administration in Health Organizations and a Diploma in Clinical Teaching. In his hospital training he has dedicated himself mainly to the subspecialties of oncologic pathology, trauma and implantology, in the maxillofacial area. Currently is Associate Professor of the Department of Oncological and Maxillofacial Surgery, belonging to the Division of Surgery of the Faculty of Medicine of the PUC. Performs pre and postgraduate teaching for medical and dentistry careers, in addition to teaching-assistance in the UC-Christus Health Network. On the other hand, it conducts research in the area of bioengineering and tissue engineering, in conjunction with researchers from the Faculties of Engineering and Biological Sciences, in the areas of rapid prototyping, scaffolds, bone regeneration and stem cell culture. He has made numerous presentations in national and international congresses and has several publications in national and international magazines. He is a member of the Society of Head and Neck Surgery and Maxillofacial Plastic Surgery, the Society of Oral Implantology of Chile, the American Academy of International Dentistry, the International Society of Cell Therapy, the International Dental Research Association and member of The Commission of National Education in Dentistry. He is also a member of the Dentistry Education Commission of the Chilean Dentists College; Referee and Project Evaluator of the Research and Development Division of the Universidad Austral de Chile, the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYCT) and the National Council of Science and Technology of Paraguay (CONACYT); and Director in consultation of the Journal of Rapid Prototyping. Areas of interest: Pre and post grade teaching and health-care activities in the areas of: - Maxillofacial Traumatology - Oral Implantology - Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oncology Research activities in the areas of: - Bioengineering: 3D printing (biocompatible scaffolds and simulation models) - Biomedicine: Hard & Soft Tissue Regeneration and Biocompatibility

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