Escuela de Odontología

DDS, Specialist in Oral Rehabilitation, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health
Universidad del Valle


Phone: (+572) 5581941
Address: Calle 3A # 36B - 00 Ed. 132 Of. 203
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Twitter: @JBalanta-Melo
Cali - Colombia 




  • 2019 Ph.D. in Dental Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry (Universidad de Chile).
  • 2011 Specialist in Oral Rehabilitation, School of Dentistry (Universidad del Valle).
  • 2005 General Dentist, School of Dentistry (Universidad del Valle).


  • Balanta-Melo, J.; Torres-Quintana, M.A.; Bemmann, M.; Vega, C.; Gonzalez, C.; Kupczik, K.; Toro-Ibacache, V.; Buvinic, S. Masseter muscle atrophy impairs bone quality of the mandibular condyle but not the alveolar process early after induction. J Oral Rehabil 2019, 46, 233-241, doi:10.1111/joor.12747. 
  • Balanta-Melo, J.; Toro-Ibacache, V.; Kupczik, K.; Buvinic, S. Mandibular Bone Loss after Masticatory Muscles Intervention with Botulinum Toxin: An Approach from Basic Research to Clinical Findings. Toxins (Basel) 2019, 11, doi:10.3390/toxins11020084.
  • Balanta-Melo, J., Bemmann, M., Ibacache, V., Kupczik, K., & Buvinic, S. Three-dimensional assessment of enamel and dentine in mouse molar teeth during masseter muscle hypofunction. Rev. Estomatol 2018, 26, 30-37, doi:10.25100/re.v26i2.7634.
  • Balanta-Melo, J.; Toro-Ibacache, V.; Torres-Quintana, M.A.; Kupczik, K.; Vega, C.; Morales, C.; Hernandez-Moya, N.; Arias-Calderon, M.; Beato, C.; Buvinic, S. Early molecular response and microanatomical changes in the masseter muscle and mandibular head after botulinum toxin intervention in adult mice. Ann Anat 2018, 216, 112-119, doi:10.1016/j.aanat.2017.11.009.
  • Balanta-Melo, J.; Buvinic, S. Mandibular bone loss: a hidden side effect of botulinum toxin type A injection in masticatory muscles. Journal of Oral Research 2018, doi:10.17126/joralres.2018.014.

Scientific Societies

  • IADR International Association for Dental Research (Colombian Division).
  • ASBMR American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

Research Groups Affiliations

  • 2011 - Present Researcher at Dental Biomaterials Group - Biological Interfaces (Colciencias, B), Universidad del Valle.
  • 2019 - Present International Collaborator Researcher at Muscle-Bone Crosstalk Lab, Faculty of Dentistry, Universidad de Chile.

Active Projects

  • 2020 International Collaborator Researcher: FONDECYT Regular Nº 1201385, “Molecular determinants involved in musculoskeletal impairment after botulinum toxin type A intervention in the masticatory system”, Muscle-Bone Crosstalk Lab, Faculty of Dentistry, Universidad de Chile.


  • 2019 Early Investigator Award, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, Indiana University (EUA).
  • 2017 CONICYT Scholarship Doctorado Nacional, Santiago (Chile).
  • 2014 Semillero Docente Professor Scholarship, Universidad del Valle (Colombia).

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