Dr Abish Stephen , BSc, MRes, PhD
Lecturer in Oral Microbiology
Email: email@example.com Telephone: 020 7882 7157Room Number: Blizard Buidling Institute of Dentistry
The relationship between oral pathologies and microbial volatile compounds is the main focus of my research activities at Queen Mary University of London. Understanding the mechanisms of oral malodour in health and disease is a key aspect of this research, in addition to exploring the possibility of using breath analysis for oral diagnostic and more routine monitoring purposes. This follows findings from my investigations on the relationship between chronic periodontitis and oral malodour, using analytical, molecular and next generation rDNA sequencing techniques. This study yielded associations between the presence of specific volatile sulfur compounds in the oral cavity and the oral microbiota in niches such as the tongue and periodontium. Additionally, significant associations were also observed between widely used clinical oral assessments (such as six point probing and plaque score) and the microbiological changes in the oral cavity in relation to breath volatiles and disease. These associations are being investigated further in a project exploring the relationship between breath volatiles and pathologies related to denture wearing, and role of the oral bacterial-fungal interkingdom relationships in this population group.
I’m also interested in studying the mechanisms at the host-microbial interface that underpin health, and the transition from health to disease in the oral cavity via clinical studies and in vitro biofilm models. In particular, I’m interested in understanding how changes in the oral microenvironment can affect the fitness of the so-called ‘health-associated’ oral microbial species.