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Dr. Maria Copete MSc, DDS Professor

Dr. Maria Copete, earned her DDS degree from the Colegio Odontológico Colombiano in 1981. After some years in private dental practice, she undertook graduate studies in oral pathology at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and obtained a specialty certificate in oral pathology and a Master of science degree in 1992. She obtained post-graduate training and certificate in dental diagnostic science at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1994. She completed one year postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University, School of Medicine, Department of Pathology in 1995. Dr. Copete is a fellow of the American Academy of Oral Pathology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She is currently a professor in the College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan.

Room 128 - 105 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E4

Research interests

Research interests include: candidiasis, Oral cancer, and immunohistochemistry quality control

Funding success

Adam Baxter-Jones (Principal Applicant); Cathy Arnold, Don Bailey, Angela Bowen, Dean Chapman, Maria Copete, Philip Chilibeck, David Cooper, Jon Farthing, Petrus Gomes, Nancy Gyurcsik, Geoffrey Johnston, J.D. Johnston, Saija Kontulainen, Soo Kim, Angela Lieverse, W.P. Olszynski, Hassanali Vantanparast, Carol Rodgers, Alan Rosenberg (Co-Applicants); Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)(2009 - 2011) Bone and Joint Imaging; $100,000

Dr. David MacDonald, Dr. Maria Copete, Dr. Dean Kolbinson, Dr. Norman Thie, Dr. Tarek El Sayegh, Dr. Deborah Matthews, Dr. Trey Petty, Dr. Mandana Nematollahi, Dr. Getulio Nogueira (Investigators); Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2008-2010) The impact of orofacial manifestations of systemic sclerosis on health-related quality of life; $228,000

Maria Copete and Dr. R. K. Sharma (Investigators); Head and Neck Cancer Foundation (2001-2002) N-Myristoyltransferase Activity and Expression in Oral and Maxillofacial Carcinomas; $15,000

Maria Copete in collaboration with Dr. Peter Hull (Investigators); USTEP and Dean’s MRC Grant (June 5, 2003 to August 22, 2003) An open label study evaluating the efficacy of oral tetracycline in the use of ulcerative lichen planus; $3,867.81

Maria Copete (Investigator); MRC Burroughs Wellcome Fund (13 weeks summer 2001) Computerization of teaching materials for Oral Pathology; $4,048


Prevalence of Antral Pseudocysts in the Pediatric Population. Prevalence of Antral Pseudocysts in the Pediatric Population. Sultan M, Haberland CM, Skrip L, Copete MA, Pediatric Dentistry 2015;37(7):541-4.

Clinical pathologic conference case 2: Gingival ulcer in a 34-year-old man.  Danyel Elias da Cruz Perez, Maria A. Copete, Rodrigo Neves Silva, Alan Roger Santos-Silva, Pablo Agustin Vargas and Márcio Ajudarte Lopes.  Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, 2015-05-01, Volume 119, Issue 5, Pages e274-e279.

The Canadian Systemic Sclerosis Oral Health Study IV: oral radiographic manifestations in systemic sclerosis compared with the general population.  Marie Dagenais,  David MacDonald, Murray Baron, Marie Hudson, Solène Tatibouet, Russell Steele, Sabrina Gravel, Shrisha Mohit, Tarek El Sayegh, Janet Pope, Audrey Fontaine, Ariel Masseto,  Debora Matthews,  Evelyn Sutton, Norman Thie, Niall Jones, Maria Copete, Dean Kolbinson, Janet Markland, Getulio Nogueira-Filho, David Robinson, Mervyn Gornitsky. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 May;67(5):681-90. 

Relationship Between Disease Characteristics and Orofacial Manifestations in Systemic Sclerosis: Canadian Systemic Sclerosis Oral Health Study III. Baron M, Hudson M, Tatibouet S, Steele R, Lo E, Gravel S, Gyger G, El Sayegh T, Pope J, Fontaine A, Masetto A, Matthews D, Sutton E, Thie N, Jones N, Copete M, Kolbinson D, Markland J, Nogueira G, Robinson D, Fritzler M, Gornitsky M. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 May;67(5):681-90 

Canadian Systemic Sclerosis Oral Health Study II: The Relationship Between Oral and Global Health-Related Quality of Life in Systemic Sclerosis. Murray Baron, Marie Hudson, Solène Tatibouet, Russell Steele, Ernest Lo, Sabrina Gravel, Geneviève Gyger, Tarek el Sayegh, Janet Pope, Audrey Fontaine, Ariel Masetto, Debora Matthews, Evelyn Sutton, Norman Thie, Niall Jones, Maria Copete, Dean Kolbinson, Janet Markland, Getulio Nogueira, David Robinson, Mervyn Gornitsky.  The Rheumatology (Oxford). 2015 Apr;54(4):692-6.

Darling MR, McCord C, Jackson-Boeters L, Copete M. Markers of potential malignancy in chronic hyperplastic candidiasis. Journal of Investigative Clinical Dentistry.  2012 Aug;3(3):176-81.

Copete M., Garratt J, Young G., Cheung C., Gilks B., Costa J. Saseendra Anup, Torlakovic E., 2012. Canadian Immunohistochemistry Quality Control: A 3-year Review of an Academic Program Providing Proficiency Testing to Canadian clinical Immunohistochemistry Laboratories. Canadian Journal of Pathology, 4(1):22-28.

Cheung CC, Neufeld H, Lining LA, Pilavdzic D, Copete M, Garratt J, Gilks B, Torlakovic EE, 2011.  The laboratory score/reference method score ratio (LSRSR) is a novel tool for monitoring laboratory performance in immunohistochemistry proficiency testing of hormone receptors in breast cancer:  the CIQC experience.  American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 136(1):67-73. 

Humber CC, Copete MA, Hohn FI, 2011.  Ancient schwannoma of upper lip:  case report with distinct histologic features and review of the literature. Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, 69(6):e118-22.  Epub 2011 Mar 21.

Copete M, Garratt J, Gilks B, Pilavdzic D, Berendt R, Bigras G, Mitchell S, Lining LA, Cheung C, Torlakovic EE, 2011.  Inappropriate calibration and optimization of pan-keratin (pan-CK) and low molecular weight keratin (LMWCK) immunohistochemistry (IHC) tests:  Canadian immunohistochemistry quality control (CIQC) experience.  Journal of Clinical Pathology, 64(3):220-5.  Epub 2011 Jan. 22.

Shrivastav A., Sharma A.R., Bajaj G., Charavaryamath C., Ezzat W., Spafford P., Gore-Hickman R., Singh B., Copete M.A., Sharma R.K., 2007.  Elevated N-myristoyl transferase activity and expression in oral squamous cell carcinoma.  Oncology Reports, July; 18(1)93-7.

Copete, M.A. and Sheridan, D., 2000.  Large granular lymphocyte leukemia and its association with oral neutropenic ulcerations:  case report.  Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics, 90(4):474-477.

Copete, M.A., Kawamata, A., and Langlais, R.P., 1998.  Solitary bone cyst of the jaws:  radiographic review of 44 cases.  Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics, 85:221-5.

Copete, MA., Wendt, K. and Chen, S-Y, 1997.  Expression of p53, Ki67 and cytokeratin-4 in oral papillomas.  Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine, 26:211-16.

Copete, M.A., Cleveland, D., Orban, R.E., and Chen, S-Y, 1996.  Squamous cell carcinoma arising from dentigerous cyst:  case report.  Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, 17:202-4.

DeSalvo, M., Copete, M.A., Riesenberg, R., Cleveland, D. and Chen, S-Y, 1996.  Segmental odontomaxillary dysplasia (hemimaxillofacial dysplasia):  case report.  Pediatric Dentistry, 18:154-156.

Copete, M.A., 1992.  Diagnostic Challenges:  Low grade pain and mandibular expansion associated with a radiopaque lesion.  The Ohio Dental Journal, 66:53-4, Spring/Summer.

Copete, M.A., 1991.  Diagnostic challenges:  a papillary lesion of the lateral tongue.  The Ohio Dental Journal, 65_44-47, Spring/Summer.

Copete, M.A., 1991.  Diagnostic challenges:  symptomatic red and white lesions of the buccal mucosa.  The Ohio Dental Journal, 65:37-38, Fall/Winter.

Copete, M.A., 1990.  Diagnostic challenges:  a unilocular radiolucency associated with an impacted tooth.  The Ohio Dental Journal, 64:45-46, Fall/Winter.