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In 2017, Ricarda obtained her Bachelors in Medical Biochemistry from Kingston University. She worked for the European Medicines Agency before joining William Wade and his team in April 2018 for her PhD. Her project, entitled “Mechanisms determining oral microbial community composition”, focuses on the dental plaque biofilm and whether dietary supplements, such as nitrate or nitrite, can influence the mixed bacterial composition and may aid in maintaining a homeostasis of health-associated bacteria.