Dr. Shinkai graduated in Dentistry from the University of S√£o Paulo (USP), Brazil, in 1991, and was a Research Fellow at the Department of Prosthodontics of USP from 1991 to 1996. She received her MSc (1999) and PhD (2001) degrees in Dental Clinics from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Visiting Professor (1999-2001, 2004) at the Department of Orthodontics of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA. She is a specialist certified in Aging and Health (National School of Public Health ‚Äď ENSP/FIOCRUZ, 1999), Prosthodontics (Federal Council of Dentistry, 2001), Gerontology (Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology, 2002), and Geriatric Dentistry (Federal Council of Dentistry, 2003). She is currently Professor of the Department of Prosthodontics of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), editor-in-chief of the Revista Odonto Ciencia (Journal of Dental Science), second treasurer of the Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors (ABEC), council member and director of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and Coordinator of the PUCRS Division of Projects at the Vice-President Office for Research, Innovation & Development.
Dr. Shinkai is a faculty member in the graduate program in Dentistry and mentors Master’s and Doctoral students in Prosthodontics. She teaches clinical research design and methods to graduate students and also Complete Dentures to dental students.
Her primary research interests include the impact of aging and oral rehabilitation on oral function and biomechanics of prostheses. She also works with Prosthodontics in the public services and clinical application of dental materials.