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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.

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

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

Head of the Competence Center Periodontal Research

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2620


ORCID: 0000-0002-0485-2142 Klara Janjic, BSc MSc

Laboratory Management, Research Associate

T: +43 (0)1 40070-4201


ORCID: 0000-0002-8057-3567

Vera Maierhofer, PhD

Laboratory Management


Phuong Quynh Nguyen, Laboratory Management, Biomedical Analyst

Phuong Quynh Nguyen

Laboratory Management, Biomedical Analyst

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2624


Manuela Strauss

Laboratory Management, Chemical Technical Assistant

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2625


ORCID: 0000-0002-7842-9486

Christian Behm

Christian Behm, PhD MSc BSc

Mag.rer.nat Susanne Bloch, PhD

Research Associate

T: +43 (0)1 40070 2622

Fadime Karaca, BSc

Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070 2620

Alexander Kovar

Master Student

Oliwia Milek

Doctoral Student

T: +43 (0)1 40070 2623

Alma Miletic

Master Student

Katharina Schwarz

Master Student

Zhonqi Zhao

Doctoral Student

Tian Zhiwei

Doctoral Student

  • 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
  • Jasmin Holl, graduate student
  • Prof. Christina Schäffer, BOKU
  • 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

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

Head of the Competence Center Periodontal Research

T: +43 (0)1 40070-2620

University Clinic of Dentistry
Medical University of Vienna

Sensengasse 2a
1090 Vienna