Dr Vanessa Sousa, DDS, MSc, Specialist in Periodontology, PhD
Clinical Research Fellow
Vanessa Sousa is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Centre for Oral Clinical Research, Institute of Dentistry, Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Her primary fields of interest are oral microbial ecology, microbial genomics, immunology, biofilms, periodontology, and implantology. Her current work is focused on the bacterial population shifts in the oral commensal microbiota that are associated with the initiation and progression of polymicrobial diseases, as well as to the development of in vitro and pre-clinical models to provide novel clinically applicable diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for oral infections. Current and future work includes systematic reviews and meta-analysis in oral health outcomes, oral microcosm biofilm modelling and disruption, experimental in vivo models in periodontology, peri-implant and periodontal microbiome research and oral health clinical trials. She is also interested in public engagement activities, and patient and public involvement in clinical research.
Vanessa holds a PhD from University College London and was a postdoctoral research associate at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, Department of Microbial Diseases.