Cristine Smoczer

Cristine Smoczer

Assistant Professor

Contact Info:
Campus: Corktown Campus
Building: School of Dentistry
Room: DC 435
Phone: 313-494-6788
Courses Taught:
Molecular Biology
Nutrition Content
Evidence-Base Dentistry


  • Ph.D., University of Windsor, Canada
  • M.D., University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Victor Babes" Timisoara, Romania
  • M.S. (Cellular Biology), University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Vasile Goldis" Arad, Romania


Dr. Smoczer joined the School of Dentistry in 2016 and teaches topics related to biochemistry, genetics and nutrition in the Biomedical Science courses to first year dental students. Additionally, she facilitates student seminars for the second- and fourth-year Evidence-based Dentistry courses.

She holds a medical degree and master of science from Romania, and a Ph.D. from University of Windsor, focusing on the gene regulatory networks involved in somitogenesis and eye development. She conducted postdoctoral research at Wayne State University in the areas of cardiac biochemistry and DNA damage during aging.

In addition to her didactic and research responsibilities, Dr. Smoczer serves on the School Research, Dental Curriculum, Dental Admissions committees and represents the Dental School on the IRB committee. She has also actively involved in national organizations, such as the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

List of Publications: Prof. Cristine Smozcer


    Areas of Research

    1. Cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, and influence on stem cell differentiation of various dental materials.
    2. Changes in senescence biomarkers in aging periodontal ligament fibroblasts in response to treatment with exogenous antioxidants.
    3. Cytotoxicity and oxidative stress in fibroblasts exposed to chemically- and mechanically treated orthodontic archwires.
    4. Markers of oxidative stress in the oral cavity of smokers of various smoking products.
    5. Comparison of the knowledge of the impact of diet on oral health in dental students and dietetics students.