Lior Shapira

Prof. Lior Shapira is the Chairman of the Department of Periodontology, a full-professor of Periodontology since 2004, and the “Betty & D. Walter Cohen Chair for Clinical Periodontal Research” at the Hebrew University. He was the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in Periodontology, Jerusalem, and the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for 8 years.

While serving as the Post-Graduate Director, the EFP (European Federation of Periodontology) approved the post-graduate program (first in Israel and 9th in Europe). He was a member of the EFP Scientific Committee for 3 years, an EFP Executive Committee member 2018-2023, and the EFP President 2022.

Prof. Shapira graduated in Dentistry and Periodontology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem Dental Faculty. Following a two-year fellowship in the Eastman Dental Center (University of Rochester, NY), he completed his Ph.D. thesis on the pathogenesis of periodontal diseases in Jerusalem.

Prof. Shapira has a long track record in dental research throughout his career. His research focuses on inflammation mechanisms during periodontal and peri-implant infections. He published over 150 scientific papers as well as many reviews. The research efforts were invested in understanding the pathogenesis of periodontitis and peri-implantitis using culture and animal studies. For this purpose, he developed novel mouse models for the 2 diseases that enable studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms. Many MSc and Ph.D. students have graduated from his lab and are field leaders.

Several international awards acknowledged the impact of his research work: Teva award, Rizzo Award - IADR periodontal research group, Finalist in the “Jaccard-EFP Research Price Competition,” Sunstar Award (Best article on perio-systemic connection), Distinguish Scientist Award in Periodontal Research – IADR, and Honorary member of the Israeli Dental Association.
Prof. Lior Shapira currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and the Journal of Periodontology. He was also a member of the Journal of Dental Research editorial board.
Prof. Shapira served as a board member of the Israeli Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration and was the President of the Israeli Society.