Using advanced molecular microbiological techniques, we study the structure, composition and function of the microbial communities on teeth in health and disease. The wider aim is to further the development of non-invasive methods for the control of biofilm-induced diseases, such as dental caries.

We explore the relationships between periodontitis and inflammatory diseases such as diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis, using information from health-registers, with the aim of understanding the health services impact on these conditions.

Associate Professors

Through an interdisciplinary research network, we work with bone tissue engineering and surface functionalization for enhancement of osseointegration of dental implants using cell culture and animal studies. The research is mainly embedded in the department core facility: The Research Laboratories.

We study the links between potentially pathogenic microorganisms and oral inflammatory diseases. We also participate in population genetic and taxonomic studies of oral bacteria with the purpose of disclosing particularly virulent subgroups.

Our research focuses on microbiological and structural aspects of natural dental biofilm to understand ecological interactions among microorganisms in relation to biofilm and caries formation. We use novel techniques to describe 3-D microbial communities and pH landscapes within intact in situ and in vivo dental biofilms.

We study dental biofilm composition, architecture and metabolic activity, with particular focus on the biofilm matrix and its role in dental disease. We work on 3-dimensional analysis of biofilm pH and develop novel approaches for biofilm control that preserve the benefits of the commensal microbiota.

Assistant Professors and Postdocs

We study antimicrobial resistance focusing on the methodology of antimicrobial susceptibility testing, resistance mechanisms in oral bacteria, and antimicrobial resistance in the Danish population. We also seek to elucidate the importance of the periodontal pathogen Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans in human disease.

We seek to optimize the use of fluoride for caries control, and explore the dynamics of fluoride at various concentrations in the different oral cavity compartments (dental biofilm, saliva and oral mucosa). Our laboratory masters a fluoride microanalysis set-up, available only in few places in the world.