Veronica Booth qualified as a dentist in Edinburgh in 1982 and went on to complete a MSc in Periodontology and a PhD at the United Medical & Dental Schools of Guy’s & St Thomas’s hospitals (UMDS). She also attained the fellowship in dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and completed a specialist clinical training programme in Restorative Dentistry. Veronica became a lecturer in Periodontology at UMDS and has been a senior lecturer in Periodontology and honorary consultant since 1998.
In 1995 she won the prestigious senior Colgate prize at the then British Society for Dental Research with work examining the potential for topical immunisations using monoclonal antibodies in the management of periodontitis and went on to represent Britain in the senior Hatton competition at the International association for Dental Research.
Over the years she has combined her clinical expertise in undertaking cross sectional and longitudinal clinical studies with laboratory-based analyses of clinical samples, collaborating with microbiologists and other scientists. Her research has contributed to the characterisation of the microbiome of patients with periodontal disease and patients’ immune responses to the microbiota.
Phd students supervised have undertaken projects to apply in vivo-induced antigen technology to examine the antigens of the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis, to characterise the changes in the microbiome during experimental gingivitis using high throughput sequencing and to explore the interactions between epithelium and periodontal pathogens.
Recent projects by taught postgraduate students in Periodontology have included the first pilot study to examine the effect on the gums of switching from smoking tobacco to using electronic cigarettes.