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University of Connecticut Health Center Diaz Laboratory

Photo of Patricia I. Diaz, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.Patricia I. Diaz, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Degrees, Year Attained and University Attended
  • M.S. and Certificate in Periodontology, 2008, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D., 2003, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • B.S., Dentistry (Honors), 1999, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • D.D.S., 1996, Universidad CES, Colombia
Brief Chronology of Professional Career
  • 2003-2005: Postdoctoral Fellow. Laboratory of Dr. Paul Kolenbrander. Oral Infection and Immunity Branch. NIDCR, NIH
  • 2008-present: Assistant Professor, Division of Periodontology School of Dental Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center
  • 2010-present: Faculty Member, Graduate School, Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Science, University of Connecticut Health Center
Main Responsibilities

Research, teaching, patient care

Research Interests

My laboratory studies the dynamics of oral microbial communities in health and disease. The human oral cavity harbors a highly diverse resident microflora. Shifts in the composition of these communities are associated with the development of common oral diseases such as chronic periodontitis and oropharyngeal candidiasis. My work focuses on understanding the complex interactions occurring among community members that allow these shifts to occur. Integral part of this work is also the study of the interaction of these microbial communities with the host.

Selected Publications