Dr Ikhlas El Karim


The goal of my research is to develop minimally invasive, biologically based therapies for inflammatory dental diseases. I have particular interest in investigating the link between pain, inflammation and regeneration as well as the implications of dental disease on general health.

Research interest:

  • Stem cells and regenerative therapies
  • Orofacial pain
  • Minimal intervention dentistry
  • Oral infections and systemic health

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The following are proposals for PhD studentships

  • Harnessing inflammation for repair and regeneration in dental tissues
  • neuronal-immune cells signalling in inflammatory and neuropathic pain
  • Investigate potential links between oral bacteria, systemic inflammation and cardiovascular disease
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Research students

Name: Hayley McMillan

PhD title:   MRGX1 as novel pain relief target
Years of Study: Year 2
Country: UK

Name: Banan Al Natour

PhD title:  Role of innate immune response in dental repair and regeneration

Years of Study: Year one

Country: Jordan

Name: Mary McCLory

PhD title: Endodontic infections and cardiovascular disease like: A prospective study of possible link?

Years of Study: Year one (start September 2018)

Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Name: Harriet Ravenscroft

PhD title: Antimicrobial properties of Dental Pulp Stem cells

Years of Study: 2014-2018

Country: UK

Current position: Research assistance within the Centre for Experimental Medicine


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