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Flavia Lakschevitz, DDS, PhD, MSc

 Flavia Lakschevitz, DDS, PhD, MSc
  • Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Office: SOD-6486
  • Phone: 713-486-4287
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  • Department/Administrative Area: Periodontics and Dental Hygiene
  • Education:

    DDS | Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    MSc in Oral Pathology & Medicine | Fluminense Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology| Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    PhD | University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016
    MSc and Certificate in Periodontics | University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2016

Dr. Flavia Lakschevitz earned her DDS degree from Fluminense Federal University, Brazil, and an MSc in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology from the same university. In addition, she earned a certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil, prior to relocating to Canada. In 2013, she earned her PhD degree from University of Toronto, Canada with the project “Gene Expression Profile Changes in Neutrophils - from sterile compartments into sites of inflammation.”

In 2016, Dr. Lakschevitz earn her Certificate/MSc in Periodontics at University of Toronto, Canada. In the same year, she joined the UTHealth School of Dentistry faculty as a full time member of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene.

Dr. Lakschevitz research focus on the role of neutrophil subtypes associated with neutrophil-mediated autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Neutrophils are more sophisticated cells than originally was thought and she believes by understanding neutrophil changes during chronic diseases, such as periodontal disease will provide new insight into how neutrophils contribute to disease development and allow for the development diagnostic tools to identify patients at risk for neutrophil mediated tissue destruction.

She has published in several peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters in the field of Periodontics and Neutrophil biology. She has been awarded multiple research grants, including the CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research) Training Program - Health Applications of Cell Signalling in Mucosal Inflammation & Pain and Harron Scholarship.

Dr. Lakschevitz is an active member of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), where she is currently serving as Secretary for the AADR – Houston Chapter.

Clinical Interests

Her main clinical interests are the links between periodontal disease and systemic conditions, as well as soft and hard tissue regeneration. Other clinical interests include: periodontal therapy (surgical and non-surgical), implants and site development procedures. 

Languages Spoken

English, Portuguese