Welcoming New Faculty: Divakar Karanth

 

Divakar Karanth
Divakar Karanth, BDS, MDS, M Orth RCS, M.S.
Prior to his time in Kentucky, Karanth spent 17 years teaching orthodontics after earning his orthodontics master’s degree in 1995 from the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Karnatak University, in Karnataka, India. He also worked in a private orthodontic clinic for 10 years in Goa, India, and three years in Doha, Qatar.

Divakar Karanth, B.D.S., M.D.S, M Ortho RCS, M.S., joined UFCD on August 15 as a clinical associate professor in Orthodontics. He is engaged in teaching predoctoral students and orthodontics residents, continuing his research interests and providing patient care in UFCD Orthodontics Faculty Practice.

Karanth came to UF from Lexington, Kentucky, where he completed his orthodontics residency at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, or UKCD, in 2020. He also completed an Advanced Continuing Education Program in the UKCD Craniofacial Biology Division.

Karanth brings a great deal of teaching, clinical and research experience to UF. Prior to his time in Kentucky, Karanth spent 17 years teaching orthodontics after earning his master’s degree in 1995 from the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Karnatak University, in Karnataka, India. He also worked in a private orthodontics clinic for 10 years in Goa, India, and three years in Doha, Qatar.

His current research interests center on bone biology related to orthodontic tooth movement and, as part of his master’s thesis, he developed customized 3D-printed biodegradable scaffolds capable of bone regeneration. That project was awarded a pilot study grant from the National Institutes of Health, a National Science Foundation Grant, a first-place award during UKCD’s research day and the Charley Schultz Research Scholar Award at the American Association of Orthodontists in 2019.


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