Nicole Ledger-Hovencamp

Nicole and Dr. Shaddox (November 2013)

Nicole and Dr. Shaddox (November 2013)

UF DMD Student, Class of 2018

Nicole Ledger graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in animal biology. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a dental assistant in several private practices. Just before graduating, Nicole took a position in the College of Dentistry as a research assistant for Dr. Shaddox’s clinical research studies. In addition to assisting in the research clinic, Nicole helps coordinate Dr. Shaddox’s clinical studies investigating periodontal disease in African-American children, patients with type II diabetes and glycogen storage deficiency syndrome. She is also working on a study looking at the longitudinal improvements in clinical parameters during the course of periodontal treatment in African-American children with aggressive periodontitis.

Currently, Nicole is in the UF DMD class of 2018.


  1. March 2014: 2nd place in the Student Research Group DENTSPLY/Caulk competition. AADR meeting, Charlotte, NC


  1. Merchant SN, Vovk A, Kalash D, Hovencamp N, Aukhil I, Harrison P, Zapert E, Bidwell J, Varnado P, Shaddox LM “Localized Aggressive Periodontitis Treatment Response in Primary and Permanent Dentitions.”J Periodontol. 2014 Sep 4:1-13. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. N. Ledger, V. Metellus and L.M. Shaddox. “Changes in clinical attachment loss and pocket depth to periodontal treatment in African-American adolescents with aggressive periodontitis (in preparation)

Poster Presentations:

  1. N. Ledger, V. Metellus, A. Vovk, P. Harrison, I. Aukhil and L.M. Shaddox. “Long-Term Clinical Response following Treatment of Localized Aggressive Periodontitis” American Academy of Dental Research. Charlotte, NC (March 2014)
  2. F. Gholami, T. Tavakoli, N. Ledger, H. Huang, P. Goncalves, I.Aukhil, S.Wallet and L.M. Shaddox. “Gender Differences Influence Immune Response In Localized Aggressive Periodontitis” American Academy of Periodontology. Philadelphia, PA (October 2013).
  3. T. Tavakoli T, N. Ledger, H. Huang, P. Goncalves and L.M. Shaddox.  “Gender Differences in Localized Aggressive Periodontal Disease in African American Juveniles”. Student Science Training Program Symposium, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (July 2012).