Dr. Donald Brunette is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oral Biological & Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. He has conducted exceptional research over a broad spectrum of important topics in cell biology, biomaterials, implantology, periodontology and oral malodor. Dr. Brunette has published over 100 journal articles, 16 chapters in books and has authored three books.
His early research focused on the effects of physical stimuli, such as substratum surface topography and mechanical stretching, on cell behavior, including a publishing a paper in the Journal of Dental Research which was the first to report on a microfabrication techniques to study biological questions. In subsequent in vitro and in vivo experiments, Dr. Brunette demonstrated that contact guidance could be exploited to extend the lifetime of implanted devices and that implants could be designed to differentially affect fibroblasts and the epithelium.
In 2018, the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) presented Dr. Donald Brunette with the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Research in Prosthodontics and Implants.