Ana Carolina Morandini

Assistant Professor

Ana Carolina Morandini

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences

The Graduate School

Dental College of Georgia
Department of Periodontics


Ana Carolina Morandini earned her Dental degree, Masters in Dental Sciences with Periodontics specialty and PhD in Oral Biology from the University of São Paulo - Bauru School of Dentistry, Brazil. She completed post-doctoral training in Immunobiology at the Carlos Chagas Filho Institute of Biophysics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and she was a visiting scholar in Oral Health Sciences Department at the Medical University of South Carolina.


  • Ph.D., Oral Biology and Oral and Maxi Universidade De Sao Paulo, 2012

  • MDS, Dentistry Universidade de Sao Paulo, 2009

  • DDS, Dentistry Universidade de Sao Paulo, 2006

Awards & Honors

  • IADR Joseph Lister Award IADR / sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., 2023

  • High Five My Faculty Award - Augusta University Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, 2023

  • AADOCR/CADR Joseph Lister Award for New Investigators AADOCR / sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, 2023

  • Most Valuable Faculty Award Dental College of Georgia - Class of 2025 , 2022

  • Dental Faculty Development Grant Pierre Fauchard Academy - Northern California Section, 2017

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BMBS 5302

    Bioclinical Seminar II
  • BMCR 5301

    Cardiovascular & Renal Systems
  • BMGH 5301

    Gastrointestinal & Hepatobilia
  • OBMP 9100

    Journal Club in Oral Biology
  • BMNN 5101

    Nervous SyS & Neuroscience I
  • BMRS 5301

    Respiratory System
  • CURS 4990

    Undergrad Research III
  • CURS 2990

    Undergrad Research I
  • BMBS 5201

    Bioclinical Seminar I
  • BMCC 5201

    Craniofacial Complex
  • BMEN 5201

    Endocrine System
  • OBMP 9010

    Grad Oral Bio Seminar
  • CURS 3990

    Undergrad Research II

Teaching Interests

Human Anatomy and microanatomy


Selected Recent Publications

  • Fibroblasts at the curtain call: from ensemble to principal dancers in immunometabolism and inflammaging., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Editorial: Inflammasome, purinergic signaling, and immunometabolism in oral health and disease., 2023
  • Metabolic reprogramming through mitochondrial biogenesis drives adenosine anti-inflammatory effects: new mechanism controlling gingival fibroblast hyper-inflammatory state., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Microbially-Induced Exosomes from Dendritic Cells Promote Paracrine Immune Senescence: Novel Mechanism of Bone Degenerative Disease in Mice., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Dendritic cells a critical link to alveolar bone loss and systemic disease risk in periodontitis: Immunotherapeutic implications., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Dr. Morandini’s research interests are focused on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of periodontal immunobiology.

College Service

  • Research and Table Clinic Day 2022 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Admissions Committee 2021 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • 2nd Annual DCG Raft Debate - winner representing periodontics specialty - 2023

  • DCG Early Career Research Development Grant - Ad hoc Reviewer - 2021

    Role: Other

University Service

  • Faculty Rights and Responsibilities committee 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship - Faculty Advisory Committee 2022 - 2023

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Frontiers in Oral Health 2023 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • Journal of Dental Research 2022 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Journal of Applied Oral Science 2019 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • AADOCR/CADR Annual Meeting - Interactive talk Session Chair - 2023

    Role: Session Chair
  • NIH/NIDCR - Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section (ODCS) 2022 - 2022

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal