Chris Hope graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology at the University of Liverpool in 1994, he then went on to study for PhD in Chemical Engineering at The University of Birmingham. Chris’ PhD involved growing biofilms of manganese oxidising bacteria to model a biofiltration system for drinking water. This experience in biofilm, fluid flow and in vitro modelling led to his appointment at the Eastman Dental Institute – University College London as a research fellow between 2000 and 2005.
Chris’ main project at the Eastman was to model the action of electric toothbrushes on oral biofilm in the laboratory, although latterly he branched out to work on the use of photodynamic therapy to treat MRSA. In June 2005, Chris was appointed as Lecturer in Oral Biology where his experience of biofilm modelling complimented the current group research themes of caries and plaque related disease. Chris’ current research interests encompass biofilm modelling, plaque imaging / diagnostic technologies and photodynamic therapy.