Professor Sanjukta Deb, Professor in Biomaterials Science
Prior to joining King's College London, Sanjukta was a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC), under the directorship of Professor William Bonfield, where she was the lead for the Biomaterials Polymer Group. Sanjukta is currently a Reader in Biomaterials at the Tissue Engineering & Biophotonics Division of King's College London Dental Institute. She is the President of the UK Society for Biomaterials and Council Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Biomaterials Chemistry Group and a Fellow of the Academy of Dental Materials. Sanjukta is an Associate Editor for Journal of Biomaterials Application and J of Tissue Science & Engineering. She leads the Biomaterials Research Group at King's College London and the main focus of her research, relates to the development of biomaterials to restore function of traumatised or diseased tissue using innovative analogue materials and tailoring materials through surface modification with integrated biological activity and the development of a new generation of composite materials. With her expertise in biomaterials chemistry, Sanjukta focuses on biomaterials for clinical application and has built a successful research group comprising of research scientists, clinicians, postgraduate students and visiting scientists, to address these challenging problems in regenerative medicine.
Dr Luis Rojo Del Olmo, Marie Curie Research Fellow
Luis joined the Biomaterials Reseach Group as Marie Curie Fellow after postdoctoral activities at The Spanish Council for Scientific Research and Imperial College London. Luis obtained his PhD from The Spanish Institute of Polymer Science and Technology and received the distinguished award of 'Extraordinary Prize Thesis in Chemistry, 2008' by the University Complutense of Madrid. He has also worked in five leading European institutions as a scientist as well as a consultant for two biotech companies. His research has provided several outstanding publications and patents in the field of Biomaterials, which have translated into commercialised medical devices and dental restorative formulations. The current focus of his research, is to develop novel biomimetic engineered dental implants that self-promote the regeneration of periodontal ligament and provide in a single implant therapy the adequate environment to promote specific oral cell linages to integrate, differentiate and proliferate within an artificial biomimetic extracellular matrix.
Konstantinos Ioannidis, DDS, MSc (Endodontology) (A.U.Th., GRE), Specialist in Endododntics, PhD Student
Kostas graduated from the School of Dentistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007 and completed his MSc specialising in Endodontics. He currently works as a Specialist Endodontist and is studying for a PhD (part-time) with a research focus on the effect of irrigation with sodium hypochlorite on by-product formation in the root canal system and periradicular space. He also teaches postgraduate students in the MSc Distance Learning Programme of Endodontology at King’s College London Dental Institute.
Ali Ibrahim, PhD Student
Ali is an orthodontist and Assistant Professor at Baghdad University, College of Dentistry. He joined the Biomaterials Research Group here at King's College London and started his PhD study in October 2014. He is working on developing a novel orthodontic enamel etch-and-re-mineralising agent that may replace conventional enamel-damaging orthodontic etchants and develop an orthodontic adhesive with new enamel re-mineralising fillers.
Lilis Iskandar PhD Student
Lilis graduated from Universitas Indonesia Dental School in 2014 for her BSC and BDS. She worked as an intern for three months at Dain Dental Hospital, Seoul, South Korea in 2015. She then came back to Indonesia to work as a dentist in several dental clinics in the capital until she joined Tissue Engineering and Biophotonics Division at the Dental Institute, King’s College London in July 2016. Her research focuses on tissue engineering for bone augmentation in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Rana Alkattan PhD Student
Rana graduated as a dentist from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, in 2013. She then joined King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences as a teaching assistant in the department of restorative dentistry in 2014. She completed a clinical residency in restorative dentistry and received an MSD degree from Indiana University, USA, in 2017. Rana is currently working towards her PhD at King’s College London, where she will be exploring the antibacterial potential of a dental resin composite containing an eugenol derivative.