Escuela de Odontología

Julián Balanta Melo, DDS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry,
Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, USA)
Coordinator Digital Dentistry & Health Sciences Research Lab (Res. 269/2020)

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Twitter: @JBalanta-Melo




  • 2019 Ph.D. - Universidad de Chile
  • 2011 Prosthodontist - Universidad del Valle
  • 2005 Dentist - Universidad del Valle

Publications - Musculoskeletal Research

  • Buvinic S, Balanta-Melo J, Kupczik K, Vásquez W, Beato C, Toro-Ibacache V. Muscle-Bone Crosstalk in the Masticatory System: From Biomechanical to Molecular Interactions. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021 Mar 1;11:606947. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2020.606947. PMID: 33732211; PMCID: PMC7959242.

  • Plotkin LI, Buvinic S, Balanta-Melo J. In vitro and in vivo studies using non-traditional bisphosphonates. Bone. 2020 May;134:115301. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2020.115301. Epub 2020 Feb 26. PMID: 32112989; PMCID: PMC7138726.

  • 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 Feb 1;11(2):84. doi: 10.3390/toxins11020084. PMID: 30717172; PMCID: PMC6409568.

  • Balanta-Melo J, Torres-Quintana MA, Bemmann M, Vega C, González 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 Mar;46(3):233-241. doi: 10.1111/joor.12747. Epub 2018 Dec 9. PMID: 30468522.

  • Balanta-Melo J, Toro-Ibacache V, Torres-Quintana MA, Kupczik K, Vega C, Morales C, Hernández-Moya N, Arias-Calderón 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 Mar;216:112-119. doi: 10.1016/j.aanat.2017.11.009. Epub 2017 Dec 28. PMID: 29289710.

Active Membership - Scientific Societies

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

Participation - Research Projects

  • 2021-2023 Postdoctoral fellow: FY 2021 VA-Funded Project N° I01BX005154-01A2, “Skeletal complications to a TREM2 variant associated with Alzheimer's Disease”, Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis, USA). PI: Dr. Lilian I. Plotkin.
  • 2020-2024 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. PI: Dr. Sonja Buvinic.


  • 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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