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Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University Health Science Center-New Orleans
1901 Perdido Street, 7th floor Physiology
New Orleans, LA 70112
United States of America

Office 504-568-2669

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2011


Flavia Souza, PhD, MS

Flavia Souza-Smith, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences, UFES, Brazil / LSUHSC, New Orleans
M.S. in Physiological Sciences, UFES, Brazil
B.S. in Physical Therapy, EMESCAM, Brazil

Research Statement

Flavia Souza-Smith received a bachelor’s in Physical and Respiratory Therapies from EMESCAM University in Brazil. She received her master’s and PhD in Physiological Sciences from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil, but performed her PhD research in the Department of Pharmacology at LSUHSC. In 2009, she joined the Department of Physiology at LSUHSC as a postdoctoral fellow.  After completing her fellowship, she was hired as an instructor of physiology and has since been promoted to the rank of assistant professor. Flavia’s PhD research focused on vascular remodeling in diabetes and her postdoctoral studies focused on alcohol effects on lymphatic myogenic response and measurements of isolated lymphatic cytosolic calcium. As an instructor, her focus was lymphatic vessel hyperpermeability following alcohol intoxication, as well as the metabolic consequences of the interaction between mesenteric lymphatic vessel leakage and perilymphatic adipose tissue. Currently, she has two lines of research: 1) the immunometabolic consequences of alcohol-induced lymphatic leakage into perilymphatic adipose tissue, funded by NIAAA and 2) the mechanisms of gonadal hormone loss and high fat diet on lymphatic leakage and the metabolic consequences, funded by an intramural pilot grant.

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Recent Publications

Souza-Smith FM, Kurtz KM, Molina PE, Breslin JW. (2010). Adaptation of Mesenteric Collecting Lymphatic Pump Function Following Acute Alcohol Intoxication. Microcirculation, 17, 514-524.

Katz PS, Trask AJ, Souza-Smith FM, Hutchinson KR, Galantowicz ML, Lord KC, Stewart JA Jr, Cismowski MJ, Varner KJ, Lucchesi PA.Coronary arterioles in type 2 diabetic (db/db) mice undergo a distinct pattern of remodeling associated with decreased vessel stiffness. Basic Res Cardiol. 2011, Jul 10. PMID: 21744279

Souza-Smith FM, Katz PS, Trask AJ, Stewart JA, Lord KC, Varner KJ, Vassallo DV, Lucchesi PA. Mesenteric resistance arteries in type 2 diabetic mice undergo outward remodeling. PLoS One. 2011 Aug; 6(8):e23337. PMID: 21829729

Souza-Smith FM, Kurtz KM, Breslin JW. Measurement of cytosolic Ca2+ in isolated contractile lymphatics. J Vis Exp. 2011 Dec 8;(58). pii: 3438. doi: 10.3791/3438. PMID: 22214883