Alireza Moshaverinia, DDS., MS, PhD
Associate Professor
(310) 794-6324
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  B3-023 CHS


Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and an Associate Professor at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Alireza has received his DDS degree in 2004 from Iran. He has a Master of Science degree in Dental Biomaterials (2009) from the Ohio State University, College of Dentistry. He completed advanced clinical education in Prosthodontics and earned his PhD in Craniofacial Biology from Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC (2012). He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals on dental materials, implant dentistry, and stem cell mediated tissue engineering. He serves as the editorial review board member for several scientific journals such as Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Dr. Moshaverinia directs NIH funded research projects dedicated to studying basic mechanisms to regulate stem cell-mediated bone and tissue regeneration and the role of biomaterials. 

Educational & Professional Background

  • D.D.S., Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, School of Dentistry, 2004

  • M.S. (Dental Biomaterials), Ohio State University, College of Dentistry, 2009

  • Ph.D. (Craniofacial Biology), Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, 2012

  • Certificate, Advanced Prosthodontics, Ostrow School of Dentistry, University of Southern California, 2012

  • F.A.C.P. Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics, 2014

Research & Interests

  • Dental Biomaterials

  • Tissue engineering and Stem cell biology

  • Implant dentistry and prosthodontics

  • Dental Materials

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

  • American Association for Dental Research (AADR)

  • American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)

  • American Prosthodontic Society (APS) 

  • Society for Biomaterials (SFB)

  • American Dental Association (ADA)

  • California Dental Association (CDA)

  • Los Angeles Dental Society


  • IADR Young Investigator Award, 2018

  • Peter Geistlich Research Award (Osteo Science Foundation), 2018

  • Ohio State College of Dentistry Young Professional Alumni Award, 2018

  • UCLA Senate Faculty Research Grant, 2017

  • IADR Academy of Osseointegration innovation in Implant Sciences Award, 2016

  • GSK Prosthodontist Innovator Award. American College of Prosthodontics, 2016

  • Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Research Grant Award, 2016

  • IADR Innovation in Oral Care Award, 2015

  • NIH/NIDCR Career Development Award, 2014

Representative Publications

  • Ansari S, Sarrion P, Hasani M, Aghaloo T, Wu BM, Moshaverinia A*. Regulation of the fate of dental-derived mesenchymal stem cells using engineered alginate-GelMA hydrogels. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2017 Jun 22. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.36148.

  • Ansari S, Diniz IM, Chen C, Sarrion P, Tamayol A, Wu BM, Moshaverinia A*. Human Periodontal Ligament- and Gingiva-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Promote Nerve Regeneration When Encapsulated in Alginate/Hyaluronic Acid 3D Scaffold. Adv Healthc Mater. 2017 Dec;6(24).

  • Ansari S, Chen C, Hasani M, Yu B, Wu BM, Moshaverinia A*. Hydrogel elasticity and microarchitecture regulate dental-derived mesenchymal stem cells -host immune system cross-talk. Acta Biomater. 2017 Sep 15;60:181-189.

  • Nasajpour A, Ansari S, Rinoldi C, Shahrokhi Rad A, Aghaloo T, Shin SR, Mishra YK, Adelung R, Swieszkowski W, Annabi N, Khademhosseini A, Moshaverinia A*, Tamayol A*. A Multifunctional Polymeric Periodontal Membrane with Osteogenic and Antibacterial Characteristics. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2018, 28, 1703437. (* Co-corresponding authors)

  • Ansari S, Jahedmanesh N, Cascione D, Zafarnia P, Shah KC, Wu BM, Moshaverinia A*. Effects of a novel etching solution on the adhesive properties and surface micro-hardness of zirconia dental ceramics. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. In Press. 2018.

  • Nakatsuka N, Hasani-Sadrabadi MM, Cheung KM, Young TD, Bahlakeh G, Moshaverinia A, Weiss PS, Andrews A. M. Polyserotonin Nanoparticles as Multifunctional Materials for Biomedical Applications. ACS nano. 2018 doi:10.1021/acsnano.8b01470

  • Hasani-Sadrabadi MM, Majedi FS, Bensinger SJ, Wu BM, Bouchard LS, Weiss PS, Moshaverinia A*. Mechanobiological Mimicry of Helper T Lymphocytes to Evaluate Cell-Biomaterial Cross-Talk. Adv Mater. 2018 Apr 23:e1706780. doi: 10.1002/adma.201706780.