Hindering Plaque’s Formation is Goal of Oral Biology Researcher

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Human oral microbial biofilm is the plaque that dentists warn us about, and is composed of numerous genetically distinct types of bacteria that live on host surfaces. These biofilms are essential for oral bacteria to adapt and thrive and can cause oral infections.

University at Buffalo researcher Chris (Chunhao) Li, assistant professor of oral biology in the School of Dental Medicine, has been awarded a $1.6 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop processes, possibly leading to therapeutic compounds, which prevent biofilm formation of oral bacteria.

Li’s quest to develop these processes begins with bacterial quorum sensing systems that play a very important role in the formation and development of biofilm in numerous bacterial species, including oral bacteria.

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