Research in the Dental Institute is organised in research groups that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines: (Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonics; Cell & Developmental Biology; Infection; Mucosal Biology; Oral Health, Workforce & Education.
Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonics groups main focus is the development of clinically applicable biological tissue engineered systems to treat dental and other hard and soft tissue diseases, to improve clinical diagnostic systems using biophotonics research and to work with industry to trial and introduce these developments to clinical practice: it is part of the £10M KCL Medical Engineering Centre, with it’s ‘Rebuilding Faces’ programme. Cell & Developmental Biology studies developmental and cellular signalling, with a major focus on craniofacial developmental biology, evolution and odontogenesis, the biology of adult and embryonic stem cells and their use in tissue engineering applications. Infection combines basic microbial ecology and pathogenesis with translational aspects of the aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of caries and periodontal disease. The Mucosal Biology Group studies the biology of cells and protective mechanisms at the oral mucosal surface, and the aetiology of oral mucosal diseases. Oral Health, Workforce & Education employs various methodological approaches to study patient experience and new technologies in learning and teaching.