Virginia Merchant

Dr. Merchant earned her B.A. degree in Biology from Winthrop College in South Carolina and an MS degree from the University of Georgia.  She earned her D.M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and then pursued a fellowship at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, in dental research and microbiology followed by a second fellowship in the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.  She joined the faculty of the University of Detroit in 1980.  In addition to teaching microbiology, she has taught biochemistry and nutrition and has taught clinically in the emergency clinic, restorative, and oral medicine.  She teaches microbiology to dental, dental hygiene, and graduate dental students.

Dr. Merchant is active in organized dentistry having served as Editor of the Detroit Dental Bulletin for nine years and is currently the Editor of the Michigan Dental Association.  She is an officer of the Michigan Dental Association Board of Trustees and is a former Chair of the Michigan Section of the American College of Dentists.

Selected publications

Merchant, V.A. Infection Control in the Dental Laboratory, Chpt. 19, p. 246-260.  IN Molinari, J.A., and Harte, J.A. (eds.):  Cottone's Practical Infection Control in Dentistry, 3rd edition.  Philadelphia, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009.

Merchant, V.A. University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry:  75 years of excellence.  J. Mich. Dent. Assoc. 89(4):32-37, 2007.

Merchant, V.A.  An update on infection control in the dental laboratory.  QDT 1997 Quintessence of Dental Technology) 20: 157-169, 1997.

Merchant, V.A.  An update on the herpesviruses.  Calif. Dent. Assoc. J. 24(1): 38-46, 1996.

Molinari, J.A., Gleason, M.J., and Merchant, V.A.  Sixteen years of experience with sterilization monitoring.  Compendium Cont. Educ. Dentistry 15(12):1422-1432, 1994.

*Merchant, V.A., Molinari, J.A., and Pickett, T.  Microbial penetration of gloves following usage in routine dental procedures.  Amer. J. Dent. 5(2):95-96, 1992.

Merchant, V.A., and Caughman, G.B.  Retroviruses, Chpt. 47, p. 415-422. IN G.S. Schuster (ed.):  Oral Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 3rd edition.  Philadelphia, B.C. Decker, 1990.

Merchant, V.A., and Caughman, G.B.  Viral Hepatitis:  Hepatitis A, B, Non-A Non-B, and Delta, Chpt. 48, p. 423-438. IN G.S. Schuster (ed.):  Oral Microbiology and Infectious Disease, 3rd edition.  Philadelphia, B.C. Decker, 1990.

*Merchant, V.A., Radcliffe, R.M., Herrera, S.P., and Stroster, T.G. Dimensional stability of reversible hydrocolloid impressions immersed in selected disinfectant solutions. J. Amer. Dent. Assoc. 119:533-535, 1989.

Research Interests

  • Infection control in prosthodontics