Student Spotlight February 2018

Shilpa Singh

 

 

 

Shilpa Singh is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree at University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD). Shilpa obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (equivalent to DMD degree) from a dental school in India in 2010. She practiced in India as a general dentist for about two and a half years. Now, Shilpa is in the dissertation stage of her work and has leadership roles as the graduate student representative of Dental Diversity Committee and Treasurer of American Association for Dental Research Student Research Group. 

“Shilpa brings a positivity to all of her endeavors and is a joy to work with. I am confident that Shilpa can become a successful clinician-scientist, a much sought after commodity in N. American dental schools.” -Dr. David Scott, University of Louisville School of Dentistry 

Interview:

1. What brought you to the University of Louisville?

I heard about this excellent research program focused at dentistry from a friend at University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD). Thereafter, I also got an opportunity to get a first-hand experience of ULSD through an externship program. The warm inclusive culture and reputation as one of the top dental schools in dental research ensured that UofL was the kind of place where I would thrive.

2. Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

My research project is to evaluate the mechanism of how cannabinoids (active components of marijuana) cause chronic periodontitis. Several human studies indicate increased periodontal bone disease with the use of marijuana. Use of marijuana has been legalized in a considerable number of states in the US, both for medicinal and recreational purposes. Alongside, chronic periodontitis is found in more than half of the US population above 30 years of age. I was excited to contribute to the research project at Scott lab that aimed at addressing one of the emerging public health concerns.

3. How would you describe your area of study/ specific research to a friend or family member unfamiliar with your field?

We are trying to find out how the use of marijuana can cause oral health issues, specifically how it can loosen the teeth by affecting the bone supporting them.

4. Awards and Publications:

Edward and Mary Smith scholarship at ULSD

5. How do you think this advanced degree will change your role in society?

Research is the backbone of advancement in society. This advanced degree has made me a lot more aware and appreciative of the dedication of people who make such research possible. I am going to use this knowledge and experience to promote better oral health in the society.

6. What has been your favorite part of the graduate school experience at UofL?

I have too many things to be thankful to pick a favorite. The fond memories and amazing friends, inspiring professors and excellent infrastructure take the top spot. UofL feels like home to me now.

7. What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?

Time management! I use an app to prioritize the tasks and to keep track of my short term and long-term goals.

8. Family life:

My husband, Aarohan is my greatest support system. I feel that he brings out the best in me. My parents and sister live in India; internet helps us remain close to each other. I grew up in a very loving and progressive family that inculcated the values of hard work and community service in me.
(in the picture : L to R , top - mom, mom in law, me; L to R, bottom - Sister, dad, dad in law, husband, and cute boy in the center hiding his face is my nephew.)


Fun Facts
A talent you have always wanted: Taking beautiful candid photographs
Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite quote: “Do what you fear and fear disappears” – David J Schwartz
Role Model: My mom and dad
Favorite Vacation Destination: Miami, FL
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Community work projects
 

Shilpa Singh

 

 

 

Shilpa Singh is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Oral Biology degree at University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD). Shilpa obtained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (equivalent to DMD degree) from a dental school in India in 2010. She practiced in India as a general dentist for about two and a half years. Now, Shilpa is in the dissertation stage of her work and has leadership roles as the graduate student representative of Dental Diversity Committee and Treasurer of American Association for Dental Research Student Research Group. 

“Shilpa brings a positivity to all of her endeavors and is a joy to work with. I am confident that Shilpa can become a successful clinician-scientist, a much sought after commodity in N. American dental schools.” -Dr. David Scott, University of Louisville School of Dentistry 

Interview:

1. What brought you to the University of Louisville?

I heard about this excellent research program focused at dentistry from a friend at University of Louisville School of Dentistry (ULSD). Thereafter, I also got an opportunity to get a first-hand experience of ULSD through an externship program. The warm inclusive culture and reputation as one of the top dental schools in dental research ensured that UofL was the kind of place where I would thrive.

2. Specific areas of research (how you chose this research, why it interested you):

My research project is to evaluate the mechanism of how cannabinoids (active components of marijuana) cause chronic periodontitis. Several human studies indicate increased periodontal bone disease with the use of marijuana. Use of marijuana has been legalized in a considerable number of states in the US, both for medicinal and recreational purposes. Alongside, chronic periodontitis is found in more than half of the US population above 30 years of age. I was excited to contribute to the research project at Scott lab that aimed at addressing one of the emerging public health concerns.

3. How would you describe your area of study/ specific research to a friend or family member unfamiliar with your field?

We are trying to find out how the use of marijuana can cause oral health issues, specifically how it can loosen the teeth by affecting the bone supporting them.

4. Awards and Publications:

Edward and Mary Smith scholarship at ULSD

5. How do you think this advanced degree will change your role in society?

Research is the backbone of advancement in society. This advanced degree has made me a lot more aware and appreciative of the dedication of people who make such research possible. I am going to use this knowledge and experience to promote better oral health in the society.

6. What has been your favorite part of the graduate school experience at UofL?

I have too many things to be thankful to pick a favorite. The fond memories and amazing friends, inspiring professors and excellent infrastructure take the top spot. UofL feels like home to me now.

7. What do you feel is the greatest challenge that graduate students face and how have you dealt with this challenge?

Time management! I use an app to prioritize the tasks and to keep track of my short term and long-term goals.

8. Family life:

My husband, Aarohan is my greatest support system. I feel that he brings out the best in me. My parents and sister live in India; internet helps us remain close to each other. I grew up in a very loving and progressive family that inculcated the values of hard work and community service in me.
(in the picture : L to R , top - mom, mom in law, me; L to R, bottom - Sister, dad, dad in law, husband, and cute boy in the center hiding his face is my nephew.)


Fun Facts
A talent you have always wanted: Taking beautiful candid photographs
Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Favorite quote: “Do what you fear and fear disappears” – David J Schwartz
Role Model: My mom and dad
Favorite Vacation Destination: Miami, FL
If you weren’t in graduate school, what would you be doing now? Community work projects