Flavia Souza-Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research

1901 Perdido Street
 New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-6179
Fax: (504) 568-6158


B.S. - 2002
        Physical Therapy, Brazil

M.S.  - 2004
        Physiology, Brazil

Ph.D. - 2009 
       Physiology Brazil;  Pharmacology, LSUHSC - NO


Selected Publications

1. Souza-Smith FM, Molina PE, Breslin JW. Reduced RhoA activity mediates acute alcohol intoxication-induced inhibition of lymphatic myogenic constriction despite increased cytosolic [Ca2+]. Microcirculation. 2013 Jul; 20(5):377-84. PMID: 23237297

2. Molina, PA, Gardner JD, Souza-Smith FM, Whitaker AM. Alcohol abuse; critical pathophysiological processes & contribution to disease burden. Physiology (Bethesda). 2014 May;29(3):203-15. PMID: 24789985

3. Kurtz KH, Souza-SmithFM, Moor AN, and Jerome W. Breslin. Rho Kinase Enhances Contractions of Rat Mesenteric Collecting Lymphatics. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 7;9(4):e94082. PMID: 24710574

4. Kurtz KH, Moor AN, Souza-Smith FM, Breslin JW. Involvement of H1 and H2 receptors and soluble guanylate cyclase in histamine-induced relaxation of rat mesenteric collecting lymphatics. Microcirculation, 2014. PMID: 24702851

5. Breslin JW, Zhang XE, Worthylake RA, Souza-Smith FM. Involvement of Local Lamellipodia in Endothelial Barrier Function. Plos One. 2015 Feb 6;10(2):e0117970 PMID: 25658915

6. Souza-Smith FM, Kerut EK, Breslin JW, Molina PE. Mechanisms of Acute Alcohol Intoxication-Induced Modulation of Cyclic Mobilization of [Ca2+] in Rat Mesenteric Lymphatic Vessels. Lymphat Res Biol. 2015 Jun;13(2):93-9 PMID: 26056854

7. Souza-Smith FM, Siggins RW, Molina PE. Mesenteric lymphatic-perilymphatic adipose crosstalk; role in alcohol-induced perilymphatic adipose tissue inflammation. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2015 Aug;39(8):1380-7 PMID: 26147204

8. Molina PE, Dodd T, Ford S, Katz PS, Maxi J, Mayeux J, Simon L, Souza-Smith FM, Teng S. Alcohol - Burden on Immunity following burn, hemorrhagic shock or traumatic brain injury. Alcohol Res. 2015;37(2):263-78 PMID: 26695749

9. Breslin JW, Daines DA, Doggett TM, Kurtz KH, Souza-Smith FM, Wu MH, Yuan SY. Rnd3 as a Novel Target to Ameliorate Microvascular Leakage. J Am Heart Assoc. 2016 Apr 5;5(4). PMID: 27048969

10. Mouton, A., Maxi, J., Souza-Smith, F., Bagby, G., Gilpin, N., Molina, P., Gardner, J.  Alcohol Vapor Inhalation as a Model of Alcohol-Induced Organ Disease. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2016 Aug;40(8):1671-8. PMID: 27375174

11. Souza-Smith FM, Lang CH, Nagy LE, Bailey SM, Parsons LH, Murray G. APS President’s Symposium series – Physiological Processes Underlying Organ Injury in Alcohol Abuse  Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jul 19 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27436613

12. Souza-Smith FM, Ford SM, Simon L, Molina PE. Repeated Binge-Like Alcohol Intoxication: Depot Specific Adipose Tissue Immuno-Metabolic Dysregulation. Shock. 2017 Aug;48(2):243-250. PMID: 28125531

13. Poret J, Souza-Smith F, Marcell S, Gaudet D, Tzeng T, Braymer H, Harrison-Bernard L, Primeaux S. High fat diet consumption differentially affects adipose tissue inflammation and adipocyte size in obesity-prone and obesity-resistant rats. Int J Obes (Lond), 2017 Nov 20. PMID: 29151595

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