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Competence Center for Periodontal Research

The focus of the research activities of our Competence Center is concentrated on clinical and experimental trials. The subject of examination is molecular and cellular mechanisms, which provide insights on the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and periodontal tissue regeneration.

The research team at the Competence Center Periodontal Research
The research team at the Competence Center Periodontal Research

Research Focus and Projects

The research activities of the Competence Center for Periodontal Research are varied and cover many aspects of periodontal health, disease and regeneration, in the clinical research field as well as fundamental research. In the clinical field, our research focus lies on the development of diagnostic approaches which are based on the recognition of early detection markers in saliva, to develop new therapeutic methods or to modernise these methods. In addition, we examine the use of the newest bioactive materials and most modern implant surfaces in periodontal therapy. Another clinical focus is the application of a laser in periodontal therapy.

Our fundamental research is closely linked to clinical practice. Through basic cell-biological mechanisms, we study the various aspects of periodontal health and disease. We especially focus on the mechanisms of periodontal inflammations and the application of stem cells in periodontal therapy, as well as the properties of current implant surfaces at a micrometric and nanometric level.

Portrait Assoc.-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in DDr.in Xiaohui Rausch-Fan, Team Leader

Assoc.-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in DDr.in Xiaohui Rausch-Fan

Head of Competence Center Periodontal Research

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2610

E: xiaohui.rausch-fan@meduniwien.ac.at

ORCID: 0000-0002-8010-1914

Portrait Priv.Doz. Dr. Oleh Andrukhov, Deputy Team Leader

Assoc.Prof. Priv.Doz. Dr. Oleh Andrukhov

Deputy Head of Competence Center Periodontal Research

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2620

E: oleh.andrukhov@meduniwien.ac.at

ORCID: 0000-0002-0485-2142

Phuong Quynh Nguyen, Laboratory Management, Biomedical Analyst

Phuong Quynh Nguyen

Laboratory Management, Biomedical Analyst

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2624

E: phuong.nguyen@meduniwien.ac.at

Hedwig Rutschek, Laboratory Management, Biomedical Analyst

Hedwig Rutschek

Laboratory Management, Biomedical Analyst

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2624

E: hedwig.rutschek@meduniwien.ac.at

Christian Behm

Christian Behm, MSc. BSc.

Research Associate, Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2621

E: christian.behm@meduniwien.ac.at

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Alice Blufstein, Doctoral Student

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Alice Blufstein

Research Associate, Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070-4720

E: alice.blufstein@meduniwien.ac.at

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Hady Haririan, Clinic Scientific Staff Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology, Doctoral Student

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Hady Haririan

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Selma Husejnagic, Clinic Scientific Staff Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology, Doctoral Student

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Selma Husejnagic

Research Associate, Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070-4730

E: selma.husejnagic@meduniwien.ac.at

Univ.-Ass. DDr. Markus Laky, Clinic Scientific Staff Unit - Dental Student Training and Patient Care

Univ.-Ass. DDr. Markus Laky

Univ.-Ass. Dr.Dr. Michael Nemec, Clinic Scientific Staff Orthodontics Doctoral Student

Univ.-Ass. Dr.Dr. Michael Nemec

Research Associate, Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070-4302

E: michael.nemec@meduniwien.ac.at

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Christian Wehner, Clinic Scientific Staff Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology, Doctoral Student

Univ.-Ass. Dr. Christian Wehner

Research Associate, Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070-4720

E: christian.wehner@meduniwien.ac.at

  • Fleischmann Leonardo, doctoral student
  • Kobylyanskyy Oleksander, doctoral student
  • Singh Diwakar, doctoral student
  • Valkova Vesela, doctoral student
  • Zhou Wenjuan, doctoral student
  • Liu Jing, visiting researcher (China) 
  • Na An, visiting researcher (China) 
  • Zhang Jing, visiting researcher (China) 
  • Zhang Fengqui, visiting researcher (China) 
  • Zhang Yu, visiting researcher (China) 
  • Zhou Jie, visiting researcher (China) 
  • Shi Bin, Fujian, doctoral student
  • Ubaidha Maheen  Ceeneena, doctoral student
  • Que Zhe, doctoral student
  • Blufstein Alice, graduate student
  • Bucek Bettina, graduate student
  • Bo-Sung Kim, graduate student
  • Ertlschweiger Sandra, graduate student
  • Gajic Jelena, graduate student
  • Hofer Julia, graduate student
  • Milanovic Dijana, graduate student
  • Muhlisic Emina, graduate student
  • Racaj Hana, graduate student
  • Regoda Mladen, graduate student
  • Rezban Cynthia, graduate student
  • Schöffl Elisabeth, graduate student
  • Schoiber Angelika, graduate student
  • Steiner Ilse, graduate student
  • Younes-Abhari  Setareh, graduate student
  • Andrukhov O, Hong J S-A, Andrukhova Ol, Blufstein A, Moritz A, Rausch-Fan X. Response of human periodontal ligament stem cells to IFN-γ and TLR-agonists. Sci Rep. 2017 (in press)
  • Liu J, Andrukhov O, Laky M, Nürnberger S, Moritz A, Lyu P, Rausch-Fan X. Behavior of human periodontal ligament cells on dentin surfaces ablated with an ultra-short pulsed laser. Sci Rep. 2017 (in press)
  • Laky M, Bertl K, Haririan H, Andrukhov O, Seemann R, Volf I, Assinger A, Gruber R, Moritz A, Rausch-Fan X. Serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D are associated with periodontal disease. Clin Oral Investig. 2017 Jun;21(5):1553-1558.
  • Haririan H, Andrukhov O, Pablik E, Neuhofer M, Moritz A, Rausch-Fan X. Comparative Analysis of Calcium-Binding Myeloid-Related Protein-8/14 in Saliva and Serum of Patients With Periodontitis and Healthy Individuals. J Periodontol. 2016 Feb; 87(2):184-92.
  • Andrukhov O, Gemperli AC, Tang Y, Howald N, Dard M, Falkensammer F, Moritz A, Rausch-Fan X. Effect of different enamel matrix derivative proteins on behavior and differentiation of endothelial cells. Dent Mater. 2015 Jul;31(7):822-32.
  • Andrukhov O, Andrukhova O, Hulan U, Tang Y, Bantleon HP, Rausch-Fan X. Both 25-hydroxyvitamin-d3 and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3 reduces inflammatory response in human periodontal ligament cells. PLoS One. 2014 Feb 28;9(2):e90301.
  • An N, Andrukhov O, Tang Y, Falkensammer F, Bantleon HP, Ouyang X, Rausch-Fan X. Effect of nicotine and porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide on endothelial cells in vitro. PLoS One. 2014 May 12;9(5):e96942.
  • Haririan H, Andrukhov O, Bertl K, Lettner S, Kierstein S, Moritz A, Rausch-Fan X. Microbial analysis of subgingival plaque samples compared to that of whole saliva in patients with periodontitis. J Periodontol. 2014 Jun;85(6):819-28
  • Shi B, Andrukhov O, Berner S, Schedle A, Rausch-Fan X. The angiogenic behaviors of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) in co-culture with osteoblast-like cells (MG-63) on different titanium surfaces. Dent Mater. 2014 Aug;30(8):839-47.
  • Andrukhov O, Haririan H, Bertl K, Rausch WD, Bantleon HP, Moritz A, Rausch-Fan X. Nitric oxide production, systemic inflammation, and lipid metabolism in periodontitis patients: possible gender aspect. J Clin Periodontol. 2013 Oct;40(10):916-23.
  • International cooperation projects with the Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research (OeAD) and Eurasia Pacific Uninet 
  • EU-China projects with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
  • “Taishan Overseas Chinese Academic Expert” project of Shandong province, Yantai
  • “Meijiang Overseas Chinese Academic Expert” project with Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China
  • International ITI Research Grant (§ 26 projects)
  • Industry projects (§27 projects)
  • FWF-Grant
  • Peking University Hospital and School of Stomatology, China 
  • Prof. Ye Lin, Prof. Huan Xin Meng
  • Affiliated Stomatological Hospital and School, Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, Fujian, China
  • Prof. Chen Jiang
  • Yantai Stomatological Hospital, Yantai, China
  • Prof. Zhonghao Liu
  • Kanagawa Dental College, Department of Orthodontics, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Prof. Sadao Sato
  • Straumann Institute AG, Switzerland
  • ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • National University of Kiev, Ukraine

Portrait Assoc.-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in DDr.in Xiaohui Rausch-Fan

Assoc.-Prof.in Univ.Doz.in DDr.in Xiaohui Rausch-Fan

Head of the Competence Center Periodontal Research

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2610
E: xiaohui.rausch-fan@meduniwien.ac.at

School of Dentistry
Medical University of Vienna

Sensengasse 2a
1090 Vienna
Austria