Dr. Thomas Thurnheer, PhD, MSc ETH

Head of Division of Oral Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Thomas Thurnheer, PhD, MSc ETH
Contact: E-Mail: thomas.thurnheer@zzm.uzh.ch
Qualifications: PhD, MSc ETH
Affiliation: Division of Oral Microbiology and Immunology,
Clinic of Conservative and Preventive Dentistry

Research Interests

  • Multispecies oral biofilm models (physiology and 3D structure of biofilms under changing conditions)
  • Composition and characteristics of the extracellular matrix in oral biofilms
  • Inter- und intra-species interaction within oral biofilms in health and disease
  • Interaction between oral biofilm and host cells
  • Antimicrobial treatment of adherent oral microorganisms
  • Identification of oral bacteria using modern techniques (e.g. fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH). confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), real-time PCR, etc.)

Selected publications

Thurnheer T, Gmür , Guggenheim B. (2004)
Multiplex fish analysis of a six-species bacterial biofilm.
J Microbiol Meth 56:37–47

Thurnheer T, Bostanci N, Belibasakis GN. (2016)
Microbial dynamics during conversion from supragingival to subgingival biofilms in an in vitro model.
Mol Oral Microbiol 31:125–135

Thurnheer T, Belibasakis GN, Bostanci N. (2014)
Colonisation of gingival epithelia by subgingival biofilms in vitro: Role of “red complex” bacteria.
Arch Oral Biol 59:977–986

Thurnheer T, Gmür R, Shapiro S, Guggenheim B. (2003)
Mass transport of macromolecules within an in vitro model of supragingival plaque.
Appl Environ Microbiol 69:1702–1709

Thurnheer T, Rohrer E, Belibasakis GN, Attin T, Schmidlin PR. (2014)
Static biofilm removal around ultrasonic tips in vitro.
Clin Oral Investig 18:1779–1784

Zehnder M, Rechenberg DK, Thurnheer T, Lüthi-Schaller H, Belibasakis GN. (2017)
FISHing for gutta-percha-adhered biofilms in purulent post-treatment apical periodontitis.
Molecular Oral Microbiology, 32:226-235

Publications in ZORA (Zurich Open Repository and Archive)