International Distinguished Alumnus

Marcelo W. B. Araujo, PhD ’03, MS ’99.

Marcelo W. B. Araujo, PhD ’03, MS ’99 

With almost 30 years of health care experience, plus an academic and corporate background, Araujo is committed to improving oral health globally through research and public health policy.

A native of Brazil, Araujo earned a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, a master’s degree in oral medicine from the School of Dental Medicine and completed a fellowship in periodontology clinical research and teaching at UB. Before UB, he also earned a DDS degree and periodontology certificate from Gama Filho University in Rio de Janeiro.

He is chief science officer for the American Dental Association (ADA) and CEO of the ADA Science and Research Institute (ADASRI). As the ADA’s CSO, Araujo is at the forefront of emerging scientific issues affecting public health, patient care, dental practice and health programs nationally and globally; he also provides strategic leadership and oversight for the management of ADASRI, developing collaborative opportunities for the ADA’s key scientific initiatives. Previously he served as CEO of ADA’s foundation.

To his policy and research work, Araujo brings deep knowledge gained while serving in senior research and development positions in the pharmaceutical industry—including dentistry, oral health, nutrition and women’s health. His clinical work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, benefitting dental practices across the world through global scientific program implementation. In 2019, Araujo completed the Kellogg Executive Scholar Certificate in nonprofit management at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the American Association for Dental Research’s ethics in dental research committee, and he serves on the medical advisory board for the HPV Alliance.

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