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Salvador Nares, DDS, MS, PhD, MBA

Department Head and Professor, Director of Periodontics Research



Building & Room:



Department of Periodontics 801 S. Paulina St., IL 60612

Office Phone:

(312) 413-4467


After earning his DDS, PhD, and Certificate of Specialty in Periodontology from the Baylor College of Dentistry at Texas A&M University in Dallas, Dr. Nares completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Oral Infection and Immunity Branch of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIDCR/NIH) at Bethesda, MD. Dr. Nares completed his MBA program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Nares is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and abstracts. Dr. Nares also has been an invited moderator of the Astra Tech World Congress and session chair for the Astra Tech Platform for Exchange of Education and Research Symposium.

He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a member of the American Dental Association and the International and American Associations for Dental Research, and serves as Reviewer for numerous scientific and clinical journals.

Selected Publications

Since 2015


Nares S. ed. Advances in Periodontal Surgery: A Clinical Guide to Techniques and Interdisciplinary Approaches. Springer Publishing, Berlin, In press.


Book Chapters

Melker D, Rosenfeld, A, Nares S. “Biologic Shaping in Periodontal Therapy.” In: A Clinical Guide to Techniques and Interdisciplinary Approaches. Nares, S, ed. Springer Publishing Berlin, In press.

Schmerman M, Nares S. “Peri-implantitis: its causation and treatment.” In: Implant Aesthetics: Keys to Diagnosis and Treatment. Karateew, ED, ed. Springer Publishing,

Berlin, 2017. Pages 407-416.



Wang T, De Kok IJ, Zhong S, Vo C, Mendonça G, Nares S, Cooper LF. The Role of Implant-Tooth Distance on Marginal Bone Levels and Esthetics. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2019

Naqvi AR, Brambila MF, Martínez G, Chapa G, Nares S. Dysregulation of human miRNAs and increased prevalence of HHV miRNAs in obese periodontitis subjects. J Clin Periodontol. 2019 ; 46:51-61.

Naqvi AR, Seal A, Shango J, Brambila MF, Martinez G, Chapa G, Hasan S, Yadavalli T, Jaishankar D, Shukla D, Nares S. Herpesvirus-encoded microRNAs detected in human gingiva alter host cell transcriptome and regulate viral infection. Biochim Biophys Acta Gene Regul Mech. 2018 May;1861:497-508.

Naqvi AR, Shango J, Seal A, Shukla D, Nares S. Herpesviruses and MicroRNAs: New Pathogenesis Factors in Oral Infection and Disease? Front Immunol. 2018 ; 9:2099.

Luan X, Zhou X, Naqvi A, Francis M, Foyle D, Nares S, Diekwisch TGH. MicroRNAs and immunity in periodontal health and disease. Int J Oral Sci. 2018 ;10: 24.

Naqvi AR, Seal A, Shango J, Shukla D, Nares S. In silico prediction of cellular gene targets of herpesvirus encoded microRNAs. Data Brief., 2018; 19:249-255.

Naqvi AR, Shango J, Seal A, Shukla D, Nares S. Viral miRNAs alter host cell miRNAs profiles and modulate innate immune responses. Front Immunol, 2018; 9:433.

Yildirim TT, Guncu GN, Colak M, Nares S, Tozum TF. Evaluation of maxillary sinus septa: A retrospective clinical study with cone beam computerized tomography. Europ Rev Med Pharm Sci,  2017; 21: 5306-5314.

Fordham JB, Naqvi AR, Uttamani JR, Kulkarni V, Nares S. MicroRNA: Dynamic regulators of macrophage polarization and plasticity. Front Immunol 2017; 31: 1062.

Kulkarni V, Uttamani JR, Naqvi AR, Nares S. MicroRNAs: Emerging players in oral cancers and inflammatory disorders. Tumour Biol 2017; 39: 1010428317698379.

Zhong S, Naqvi A, Bair E, Nares S, Khan AA. Viral microRNAs identified in human dental pulp. J Endod 2017; 43: 84-89.

Naqvi AR, Fordham JB, Ganesh B, Nares S. miR-24, miR-30b and miR-142-3p interfere with antigen processing and presentation by primary macrophages and dendritic cells. Sci Rep 2016; 6: 32925.

Naqvi AR, Fordham JB, Nares S. MicroRNA target Fc receptors to regulate Ab-dependent Ag uptake in primary macrophages and dendritic cells. Innate Immun 2016; 22: 510-521.

Naqvi AR, Zhong S, Dang H, Nares S, Khan A. Expression profiling of lipopolysaccharide responsive miRNA in primary human macrophages. J Microbial Biochem Technol 2016; 8: 136-143.

Avila-Ortiz G, Spagnoli D, Bartold MP, Ewers R, Giannobile W, Herford A, Kaigler D, Katagiri W, Nares S, Nevins M, Rios H, Sculean A, Triplett G, Wikesjö U, Wong M, Zubery Y. Tissue engineering approaches for the management of the edentulous maxilla. A systematic review. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2016; 31 Suppl: s121-64.

Fordham JB, Naqvi AR, Nares S. MiR-142-3p is a sRANKL-dependent inducer of cell death in osteoclasts. Sci Rep 2016; 6: 24980.

Kulkarni V, Naqvi R, Uttamani JR, Nares S.  MiRNA-target interaction reveals cell-specific post-transcriptional regulation in mammalian cell lines. Int J Mol Sci 2016; 17: pii: E72.

Reynolds MA, Kao RT, Camargo PM, Caton JG, Clem DS, Fiorellini JP, Geisinger ML, Mills MP, Nares S, Nevins ML. Periodontal regeneration: Intrabony defects: A consensus report. J Periodontol 2015; 86 (2 Suppl.): S105-S107.

Kao RT, Nares S, Reynolds MA. Periodontal regeneration of intrabony defects: a systematic review. J Periodontol 2015; 86 (2 Suppl.): S77-S104.

Fordham JB, Naqvi AR, Nares S. Regulation of miR-24, miR-30b, and miR-142-3p during macrophage and dendritic cell differentiation potentiates innate immunity. J Leukoc Biol 2015; 98: 195-207.

Naqvi AR, Fordham JB, Nares S. miR-24, miR-30b and miR-142-3p regulate phagocytosis in myeloid inflammatory cells. J Immunol 2015; 194: 1916-1927.

Fordham JB, Naqvi AR, Nares S. miR-24 regulates macrophage polarization and plasticity. J Clin Cell Immunol 2015; 98: 195-207.


  • University of Texas at El Paso, BS (Microbiology), 1993
  • University of Texas at El Paso, MS (Biology), 1996
  • Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry, DDS, 1997
  • Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry, PhD (Biomedical Sciences), 2001
  • Texas A&M, Baylor College of Dentistry, Certificate (Periodontics), 2002
  • Oral Infection and Immunity Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, Postdoctoral Fellowship (Mucosal Immunology), 2005
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, MBA, 2016

Research Currently in Progress

Dr. Nares is the principal investigator of research grants funded by the NIDCR and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation. His primary translational research focus is on the post-transcriptional modulation of mucosal immunity by microRNA and the role of antigen-presenting cells in the inflammatory response to periodontal pathogens. His clinical research interests include the histological and molecular characterization of early bone healing after dental implant placement and piezotome ultrasonic instrumentation.

About Half of All Adults in America (64 Million) Have Periodontal Disease

“Our research is very innovative and can have a huge impact, in that we’re benefiting not only the science, but also informing real solutions to improve care for millions of people.”