Headshot photo of Carmem S. Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Carmem S. Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D.

  • Professor of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry
  • Division Head, Biomaterial & Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry
  • Weight Professor of Restorative Dentistry


Dr. Carmem Pfeifer is a Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Division of Biomaterials and Biomechanics at OHSU School of Dentistry. Dr. Pfeifer teaches Dental Materials and serves as an instructor in several Restorative Dentistry pre-clinical disciplines. She also serves as advisor to graduate theses in the School of Dentistry, Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Pfeifer obtained her DDS (2001) and PhD (2007) from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She was a post-doc fellow (2008-2011) at the University of Colorado, School of Dentistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering (Aurora/Boulder). Dr. Pfeifer has published close to 60 research articles in the field of Dental Materials Sciences and serves as the reviewer for several journals in dentistry, polymer science and biomaterials, as well as for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at NIH. Her research focuses on the development of innovative polymeric materials for restorative dentistry, as well as on the development of analytical tools to characterize polymer properties evolution in real-time. Recently, she has received the inventor of the year award from OHSU. Her research and career development has been successfully funded by the Oregon Medical Research Foundation, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Pfeifer is originally from Brazil and speaks Portuguese. She really enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, twin sons, and two dogs.

Education and training

    • D.D.S., 2001, University of São Paulo
    • Ph.D., 2007, University of São Paulo
  • Fellowship

    • Post-doctoral fellowship - Polymer chemistry applied to dental materials - University of Colorado, 2009

Memberships and associations:

  • Academy of Dental Materials, Treasurer
  • International Association for Dental Research, Dental Materials Group - President (2019-2020)
  • American Chemical Society, Polymers Division
  • Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society
  • American Association for Dental Re search (AADR), Board member-at-large (2018-2021)

Areas of interest

  • Polymeric dental and biomedical materials

Honors and awards

  • TTBD Inventor of the year award, 2015
  • Faculty Senate Excellence Award, 2017
  • Women in Academic Medicine “Discovery Award”, 2018
  • Weight Professorship in Restorative Dentistry, 2022



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