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The role of host-microbiome interactions in peri-implant health and disease.


*Please note, this project is self-funded*

Project details

First Supervisor: Dr Vanessa Sousa

Second Supervisor: Prof Luigi Nibali 

Duration: Four years

Mode of study: Full-time

Funding: Self-funded PhD Students Only 

Eligibility: Home/EU/Overseas

Application deadline: Open until suitable candidate is found

Reference number: 2022/DOCS/01

Project description

The successful management of peri-implantitis is based on the evaluation of composite therapeutic end-points, similar to those of periodontal treatment, that correspond to disease resolution and include the presence of shallow pockets without any bleeding on probing or suppuration and the maintenance of radiographic bone levels. However, at present time the treatment of peri-implantitis remains a clinical challenge since there is no consensus on a “gold-standard” protocol of care nor any universally accepted recommendations.

The Periodontology and Periodontal Medicine Group at King’s College London, has one open PhD position which offers the great opportunity to investigate the peri-implant host-microbiome interactions in states of health-disease. The PhD project will cover clinical approaches through prevention and discovery of novel therapies for the management of peri-implant diseases.

The successful candidate will benefit from established collaborations with national and international research partners who will provide extraordinary support. The impact derived from the results of this research will benefit the dental and medical community.

Research training:

  • Metagenomics, proteomics, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, clinical research, research governance. 

Person specification:

  • We will consider applications from prospective students with: a good biomedical, microbiology, biology, dental, medical or similar degree (minimum of a 2:1) 

 Next steps

Applicants are advised to contact the first supervisor prior to submission of an application.

 Please apply online at  following these steps:

1.       Register a new account/login

2.       Once logged in, select Create a new application

3.       Enter ‘Dental and Health Sciences Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time)/(Part-time)' under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study

4.       Select a start date from the list under Entry requirements on this webpage.

5.       Please note: Applicants must include the project reference number in the 'Research proposal'

Further information about the programme, eligibility, fees, application process please visit


Contact for further information

Dr Sousa at

Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions 

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