|Title||Research Assistant Professor|
|Institution||School of Medicine and Dentistry|
|Department||Microbiology and Immunology in the Center for Oral Biology|
|Address||University of Rochester Medical Center|
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 611
Rochester NY 14642
||1990-1993 Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, National Council of Research | (CNPq - Brazil)|
||1995||Master's Program Fellowship, Assistance Council for Post-Graduate Studies | (CAPES- Brazil).|
||2000||Doctoral Program fellowship, Assistance Council for Post-Graduate Studies | (CAPES- Brazil).|
||Teacher of the year | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.|
Dissemination of oral bacteria into the bloodstream has been associated with eating, oral hygiene and dental procedures; including tooth extraction, endodontic treatment, and periodontal surgery. Recently, studies identified Streptococcus mutans, the primary etiological agent of dental caries, as the most prevalent bacterial species found in clinical samples from patients who underwent heart valve and atheromatous plaque surgery. My research focuses on dissecting, at the molecular level, the interactions between S. mutans and Human Coronary Endothelial Cells.
Another field of interest is to understand the stress tolerance mechanisms employed by S. mutans to cope with the constant changes in pH, and nutrient composition and availability in the oral cavity.
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