Dr. Wataha

Dr. Wataha

John C. Wataha, DMD, PhD

University of Washington
1959 NE Pacific St.
Box 357456
Seattle, WA 98195-7456

Phone: 206.543.5948
FAX: 206.543.7783

Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry
Adjunct Professor, Department of Oral Health Sciences

Research Interests

Dr. Wataha’s research focuses on the field of Biocompatibility, wherein he studies the effect of dental materials upon the environment of the mouth on a molecular level. He has authored over 152 papers, 31 book chapters, and 163 abstracts on the subject. He has given over 120 invited presentations to groups both nationally and internationally.


  1. Wataha JC, Lewis JB, Lockwood PE, Noda M., Messer RL, Hsu, S. Human monocytic response to blue light from dental composite curing lights. J. Oral Rehabilitation, Accepted Nov., 2006.
  2. Bouillaguet S, Wataha JC, Tay FR, Brackett MG, Lockwood PE. Initial in vitro biological response to contemporary endodontic sealers. J Endodont 32:989-92. 2006.
  3. Lewis JB, Wataha JC, McCloud V, Lockwood PE, Messer RLW, Tseng W-Y. Au(111), Ni(11), Pd(11), and Hg(11) alter NFkB signaling in human monocytes. J Biomed Mater Res Part A. 74(3):474-81. 2005.


Dr. Wataha holds a BS in Chemistry from Stanford University (1978). He has also earned a D.M.D. from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in Biomaterials and Oral Biology from the University of Michigan in 1992.

Awards and Professional Service

Dr. Wataha is a member of the American Dental Association, as well as Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the American Association for Dental Research and the International Association for Dental Research. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa from his time at Stanford University. He received the Alpha Omega Scholarship in 1982 while at OHSU. He has also received a Quintessence Award (1982), the Dental Assistant Teacher’s Award at OHSU (1982), and the Dominic D. Dziewiatkowski Award for Excellence in Research at the University of Michigan in 1992. He was named Instructor of the Year at the University of Michigan Dental School by the second year class for three years running (1993, 1994 and 1995). In 2000 he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry, as well as a Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 while at the same institution. Dr. Wataha was acknowledged by students for contributions in teaching at the UW in 2009 and 2010.


  • Restorative Dentistry 515 Dental Anatomy (3 credit hours, Autumn)
  • Restorative Dentistry 516 Occlusion (3 credit hours, Winter)
  • Restorative Dentistry 517 Occlusion (3 credit hours, Spring)
  • Restorative Dentistry 630/635/640 Clinical Restorative Dentistry (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer)
  • Prosthodontics 620 Clinical Complete Dentures (Winter)
  • Prosthodontics 630/640
  • Guest Lectures in:
    • Restorative Dentistry 525, 526, 527 Fixed Prosthodontics
    • Restorative Dentistry 541 Advanced Restorative Dentistry
    • Restorative Dentistry 585 Graduate Dental Materials

Personal Interests

Dr. Wataha is an animal lover and accomplished pianist/composer. He enjoys movies and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

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