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Gustavo obtained his Ph.D. in Oral Epidemiology from the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, with one year at the University of Adelaide, Australia. In 2016, Gustavo became an assistant professor at the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil. Subsequently, he joined the Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, Aarhus University in Denmark, where he became an associate professor.
Gustavo served as the vice-president of the Danish Society for Periodontology (2017-2021) and was a speaker at the EuroPerio 10 (Copenhagen). He has published over 120 scientific articles and is a board member for several scientific journals, including Journal of Dental Research, Scientific Reports (published by Nature) and Helyion (published by Cell).
Gustavo has been the recipient of several prizes, including the IADR Centennial Emerging Leader Award, given by the International Association for Dental Research, the Bagger-Sørensen Young Investigator Award (Denmark), and the CAPES Thesis Award, presented by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, for his outstanding doctoral thesis. In 2020 and 2021, Gustavo was recognized among the top 2% Scientists Worldwide in a Stanford University study. According to the Expertscape database, Gustavo is among the top 10 researchers with expertise in periodontitis.
Gustavo's research comprises the association between oral and systemic diseases, as well as methodological aspects of oral and dental research. His research has paved the way for a broader understanding of periodontitis as a non-communicable disease resulting from exposure to detrimental health behaviors over the life course. Additionally, Gustavo has been interested in the role of oral inflammation in the senses of smell and taste and, ultimately, food preferences. Gustavo has joined the NDRIS and Duke-NUS Medical School, willing to apply cutting-edge analytical approaches to investigate the relationship between oral and systemic diseases among Singaporeans using available health registries.