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Center for Dental Medicine

Prof. Dr. med. dent. Lamprini Karygianni

Senior Teaching and Research Assistant in Oral Microbiology and Immunology

PD Dr. med. dent. Lamprini Karygianni
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Qualifications: Prof. Dr. med. dent.
Affiliation: Division of Oral Microbiology and Immunology,
Clinic of Conservative and Preventive Dentistry

Clinical Specialisations

  • Preventive and restorative dentistry
  • Endodontics

Research Interests

  • Investigation of microbial diversity and shifts within oral biofilms in health and disease using classical and
  • molecular microbiology
  • Visualization of oral biofilms and extracellular matrix using confocal microscopy
  • Composition and architecture of extracellular matrix within oral biofilms
  • Microbial adhesion and biofilm formation on novel biomaterials
  • Antimicrobial potential of photodynamic therapy against oral biofilms
  • Antimicrobial activity of natural products against oral microorganisms
  • Nutritional influences on oral biofilm development and composition
  • Influence of bacterial virulence factors and biomaterials on osteoblasts

Selected publications

Altmann B*, Karygianni L*, Al-Ahmad A, Butz F, Bächle M, Adolfsson E, Fürderer T, Courtois N, Palmero P, Follo M, Chevalier J, Steinberg T, Kohal RJ. (2017)
Assessment of novel long-lasting ceria-stabilized zirconia-based ceramics with different surface topographies as implant materials.
Adv Funct Mater. 1702512, *equally contributing first authors

Karygianni L, Al-Ahmad A, Argyropoulou A, Hellwig E, Anderson AC, Skaltsounis AL. (2016)
Natural antimicrobials and oral microorganisms: a systematic review on herbal interventions for the eradication of multispecies oral biofilms.
Front Microbiol. 14;6:1529

Karygianni L, Ruf S, Follo M, Hellwig E, Bucher M, Anderson AC, Vach K, Al-Ahmad A. (2014)
Novel Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Photoinactivation of In Situ Oral Biofilms Using Visible Light Plus Water-Filtered Infrared-A (VIS + wIRA). Appl Environ Microbiol. 80:7324-7336

Karygianni L, Follo M, Hellwig E, Burghardt D, Wolkewitz M, Anderson A, Al-Ahmad A. (2012)
Microscope-based imaging platform for large-scale analysis of oral biofilms. Appl Environ Microbiol 78:8703-8711

Al-Ahmad A, Walankiewicz A, Hellwig E, Follo M, Tennert C, Wittmer A, Karygianni L. (2016)
Photoinactivation using visible light plus water-filtered infrared-A (vis+wIRA) and chlorine e6 (Ce6) eradicates planktonic periodontal pathogens and subgingival biofilms.
Front Microbiol. 28;7:1900

Cieplik F, Buchalla W, Hellwig E, Al-Ahmad A, Hiller KA, Maisch T, Karygianni L. (2017)
Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy as an adjunct for treatment of deep carious lesions-a systematic review. Photodiagnosis Photodyn Ther. 18:54-62

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