Dr Fernandez-Medina joined the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry and Implantology in 2022. Tulio completed his Doctor Dentist Science from Universidad del Valle (Cali-Colombia) followed by the Clinical Masters in Oral Implantology and Reconstructive from Universidad Militar Nueva Granada- Fundacion CIEO (Bogota-Colombia), with high distinction. He started his teaching career at the same institution and from there on he has accumulated over a decade of teaching and research experience in various universities both in Colombia and Australia. He currently holds an adjunct position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Orofacial Regeneration, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (COR3) School of Dentistry -The University of Queensland.

 Dr Fernandez-Medina’s Australian career started on the award of highly competitive and prestigious Commonwealth Funded scholarships, the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and International Postgraduate research scholarship (IPRS) to conduct his research project on a novel alternative for the treatment of vertical bone defects using 3D printed scaffolds that led to award of PhD from The University of Queensland, Australia. He served during two years as Course Coordinator and Lecturer in 4-year BDS course at the School of Dentistry-UQ. His career was highlighted by prestigious peer-reviewed publications, multiple awards for scientific and academic achievement(s) and competitive research grants.



  • DS1102: Dental Science 2 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS2101: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5101: Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • Tulio is serving as independent academic/reviewer for PhD and Honours candidates whilst being in-charge of developing and delivery of undergraduate curriculum across different disciplines for the BDS course.
  • Open for collaboration and team supervision for HDR students and Honors.
  • Tissue engineering for vertical bone defects using 3D printed Point-of-Care scaffolds with special focus on biomaterial interphase for implantable devices
  • Isolation of growth factors, cytokines, peptides and immune cells from peripheral blood for Chair-side regenerative procedures. This will reduce the length of the inflammatory response and accelerate the integration of grafting materials in patients receiving oral and maxillofacial treatment caused by disease or trauma.
  • Reprograming innate immune response on neutrophils by altering the protein corona of titanium surfaces.
  • 2022 to present - Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry and Implantology, James Cook University (Cairns-Australia)
  • 2020 to 2022 - Lecturer and Course Coordinator School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland (Brisbane- Australia)
  • 2016 to 2021 - PhD Scholar School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland (Brisbane- Australia)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Visiting Researcher Materials Engineering, Monash University (Clayton-Australia)
  • 2005 to 2013 - Lecturer & Clinical Instructor DClinDent Periodontology, UNIVALLE (Cali-Colombia)
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  • 2023 to 2025 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant #0286-2022.
  • 2021 to 2023 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant #0116-2021.
  • 2021 to 2023 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant #0113-2021.
  • 2019 to 2021 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant #563-2019.
  • 2018 to 2021 - UQ Graduate School Scholarship (UQGSS) International Round 2 2017. Tuition, Fees and Salary for PhD completion.
  • 2019 - Runner up at 4th Meeting of the International Association for Dental Research 2019 – Brisbane Australia
  • 2019 - Colgate-Palmolive Research Grant
  • 2019 - Travel Grant to International Osteology Symposium Barcelona & . International symposium SEPA Periodoncia Valencia -Spain.
  • 2019 - Osteology Foundation Education travel Grant to Bern Switzerland.
  • 2017 to 2019 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant #253-2017.
  • 2018 - Travel Grant to 5th Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine TERMIS World Congress- 2018 Kyoto, Japan
  • 2017 - Griffith University Postgraduate research travel grant – School of Dentistry.
  • 2016 to 2017 - Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scheme (IPRS) Round 1 2016. Tuition, Fees and Salary for PhD completion.

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Book Chapters
  • Fernandez Medina T and Nanda A (2021) Regeneration for implant dentistry. In: Regenerative Approaches in Dentistry. Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 133-150

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  • Evaluation of 3D Modeling Workflows Using Dental CBCT Data for Periodontal Regenerative Treatment (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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