UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry will be closed from Monday, Dec. 25, to Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of winter break.
The School of Dentistry will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, and the Urgent Care Clinic will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 3 (by appointment only).
PhD | National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, 2007
MS | Biotechnology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 2001
BS | Human Biology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, 1999
Dr. Neha Parikh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic & Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Prior to joining UTSD, Dr. Parikh was a Research Scientist at the Baylor College of Medicine where she led multiple research projects focused on assessing the effect of aging on cancer and validating new p53 tumor suppressor target genes. With her passion for science and teaching, she taught a wide array of undergraduate courses at the University of Houston Downtown (2014-2017). At UTSD, Dr. Parikh serves as the course director of DENS1513 Human Biology and DENF1511 Oral Biology I and contributes to several other DDS courses. Besides contributing to DDS curriculum, she enjoys mentoring students as part of the UTSD Summer Research Program, ADEA Dental Career Fellowship Program, and Academic Advisors Program.
At UTSD, Dr. Parikh collaborates with faculty members across UTHealth Houston while pursuing both scientific and educational research. Her educational interests include incorporating student-centered educational methodologies that optimize learning in classroom. With the goal of raising awareness about relationships between cognitive, oral and systemic health, Dr. Parikh’s scientific research focuses on assessing the role of oral/systemic health, oral microbial dysbiosis, and systemic inflammation in the progression and early detection of Alzheimer’s disease/dementia.
Dr. Parikh is the recipient of several grants and awards including the 2023 Dean’s Excellence Award in the Scholarship of Integration, 2022 Colgate Award in Research Excellence, 2020 Chris and Helen Smith Research Award, UTHealth Houston Institute on Aging, 2019 Small Grants Program in Dental Research, American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research-Houston Section, and 2018/2020 Dean’s Academy Small Grants Program in Innovation and Educational Research.
Dr. Parikh is a member of the American Dental Education Association, American Physiological Society, and American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research. Besides her passion for teaching, research and mentoring, she currently serves as the Councilor for the ADEA section on Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and multiple UTSD Committees and Councils while supporting the mission and vision of UTSD.
Parikh, N, Gardner, A, Myers, A, Halpin, R, Holland, JN & van der Hoeven, D. (2023). The impact of Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on dental school assessments – current status and future perspectives. The Journal of Dental Education, 87(6):825-842. PMID: 36852938.
Parikh, N*, Risinger, D*, Holland, JN, Molony, DA & van der Hoeven, D. (2022). Evaluating dental students’ perspectives on the synchronous teaching of didactic and case-based courses. The Journal of Dental Education, 86(12):1643-1652. PMID: 35994207
Parikh, N*, Bueso, V*, Tanguy, T., Holland, JN, Sarmast, ND & Jeong, JW (2022). Comparative Evaluation of Intermediate Solutions in Prevention of Brown Precipitate Formed from Sodium Hypochlorite and Chlorhexidine Gluconate. The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dental Research, 8(6):1591-159. PMID: 36102230.
Tanguy, T, Jeong, JW, Sarmast, ND & Parikh, N. (2022) Response to letter by Orhan et al. 2021, regarding Jeong et al. (2021) Assessment of the cytotoxic effects and chemical composition of the insoluble precipitate formed from sodium hypochlorite and chlorhexidine gluconate. International Endodontic Journal, (55):689-691. PMID: 35511029.
Jeong, JW, Sarmast, ND, Tanguy, T, van der Hoeven, R, Holland, JN & Parikh, N. (2021). Assessment of the cytotoxic effects and chemical composition of the insoluble precipitate formed from sodium hypochlorite and chlorhexidine gluconate. International Endodontic Journal, 54: 1892-1901. PMID: 34081782.
Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography.