The Oral Microbiology group is involved in research into the physiology, interactions between, and ecology of, micro-organisms found in dental plaque. Many of these have been implicated in the aetiology of Dental Caries and Periodontal Diseases.
Most of the investigations undertaken involve the growth and subsequent analysis of one or more bacterial species under continuous culture conditions.
The laboratory also provides a microbial Caries Risk Assessment service to Dental Practitioners.
The book Molecular Oral Biology, edited by Associate Professor Tony Rogers is now available. A panel of experts discuss the molecular biology of micro-organisms involved in the two major dental diseases: caries and periodontal disease. Research has focused on factors which might modulate the interaction between the resident oral bacteria and the host. Chapters deal with the interactions of oral micro-organisms with one another and with the host; the innate defence mechanisms of the host; and the development of vaccines against oral diseases. Topics include oral microbial taxonomy, identification and typing, applied genomics, horizontal gene transfer, cell-cell communication, cariogenic bacteria, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola, host-pathogen interaction, host defense mechanisms, and vaccination against oral infections. The book is available for viewing here.