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Neha Parikh, PhD

Dr. Neha Parikh, PhD
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Office: SOD-5359
  • Phone: 713-486-4109
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  • Administrative Area(s): Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
  • Education:

    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 including the validation of new p53 target genes, and regulation of aging and cancer using mouse models. With her broad background and passion for teaching, she has taught a wide array of undergraduate courses at the University of Houston Downtown and guest lectured at the University of St. Thomas and Baylor College of Medicine. At UTSD, Dr. Parikh contributes to multiple DDS courses and serves as the course director of two DDS1 courses, DENS1513 Human Biology and DENF1511 Oral Biology I. In addition to didactic courses, she facilitates the case-based Clinical Applications I and II courses that run concurrently with DDS1 biomedical science courses. Besides contributing to the DDS curriculum, she enjoys mentoring students as part of the UTSD Summer Research Program, ADEA Dental Career Fellowship Program, and Academic Advisors Program.

Dr. Parikh’s educational research interests include incorporating student-centered educational methodologies that optimize learning in classroom. Her current scientific pursuits entail utilizing clinical data to determine mechanisms and risk factors associated with the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Along these lines, she collaborates with faculty members across UTHealth Houston on multiple educational and scientific research projects. She is the recipient of several grants and awards including the Dean’s Academy Small Grants Program in Innovation and Educational Research (2018 and 2020), Small Grants Program in Dental Research, American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research-Houston Section (2019), Chris and Helen Smith Research Award, UTHealth Consortium on Aging (2020) and the Colgate Award in Research Excellence (2022). With her broad research background and expertise, she has led multiple research projects with peer reviewed articles and manuscripts in preparation.

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.

Recent Publications:

Parikh, N.+*, Risinger, D.*, Holland, J.N., Molony, D.A., van der Hoeven, D. (2022). Evaluating dental students’ perspectives on the synchronous teaching of didactic and case-based courses. The Journal of Dental Education, DOI: 10.1002/jdd.13081. PMID: 35994207


Parikh, N.*, Bueso, V.*, Tanguy, T., Holland, J.N., Sarmast, N.D., Jeong, J.W. (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, DOI: 10.1002/cre2.654. PMID: 36102230.


Tanguy, T., Jeong, J.W., Sarmast, N.D., +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, J.W., Sarmast, N.D., Tanguy, T., van der Hoeven, R., Holland, J.N. & +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.


Parikh, N.*, Choi, B.K.*, Dayaram, T.*, Wilkins, A.D.*, Nagarajan, M., Novikov, I.B., Bachman, B.J., Jung, S.Y., Haas, P.J., Labrie, J.L., Pickering, C.R., Adikesavan, A.K., Regenbogen, S., Kato, L., Lelescu, A., Buchovecky, C.M., Zhang, H., Bao, S.H., Boyer, S., Weber, G., Scott, K.L., Chen, Y., Spangler, S., Donehower, L.A., Lichtarge, O. (2018). Literature-based automated discovery of tumor suppressor p53 phosphorylation and inhibition by NEK2. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 115 (42): 10666-10671. PMCID: PMC6196525


Parikh, N., Shuck, R.L., Gagea, M., Shen, L., Donehower, L.A. (2018). Enhanced inflammation and attenuated tumor suppressor pathways are associated with oncogene induced lung tumors in aged mice. Aging Cell, 17 (1): e12691. PMCID: PMC5771401


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