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Oral and biomedical sciences

Our research aims to improve the understanding of cellular and molecular processes that underpin infection, disease and trauma.

Research in this theme has a focus, but is not limited to the oral cavity. Our ultimate goal is to use our research to develop therapeutic approaches to improve human health. There is a strong translational aspect to our research, which benefits greatly from the continuous flow of knowledge between clinicians and basic scientists.

Research groups

The theme encompasses five overlapping and interdisciplinary research groups:


Advanced Therapies Group

Informing the design, development and testing of novel polymer therapeutics in the prevention and treatment of difficult to treat, often life-threatening infections


Matrix Biology and Tissue Repair

Our research aims to understand and manipulate the interface between extracellular matrix (ECM) and the diversity of cells in the craniofacial complex.


Microbial Diseases Research Group

Our research has significant focus on the involvement of microbial biofilms in a wide range of human infections.


Mineralised Tissue Group

Our research is focused into three broad areas associated with repair, regeneration and maintenance of mineralised tissues and the underlying pathophysiology of these tissues.


Stem Cells, Wound Repair and Regeneration

Our research aims to understand the mechanisms underlying the repair and regeneration of oral, dermal and neural tissues during health and disease

Institutes and networks

Researchers in the theme benefit from membership of University research institutes and networks including the Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER), the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre and the Institute of Infection and Immunity.