Best master thesis!
Victor A. Jankowski's master thesis on polyphenolic nanocoatings for dental implants won this year's best master thesis award at the Faculty of Dentistry. Well done, Victor!
All the hours spent at the Biomaterials lab finally paid off when Victor was announced as the winner of the best master thesis prize. Screen capture: Marie Lindeman Johansen, OD/UiO
Victor Aleksander Jankowski's master thesis titled Cytotoxic effect and DNA damage of polyphenolic nanocoatings was selected as the best master thesis presented at the Faculty of Dentistry in 2021! In his master thesis, Victor investigated the biocompatibility of polyphenolic nanocoatings made of tannic acid and pyrogallol, two antioxidant polyphenolic molecules that can be isolated from several common types of plants and have been shown to reduce inflammation in several human tissues. In addition, Victor analysed the capacity of the these antioxidant molecules and nanocoatings to reduce DNA damage caused by oxidative stress in human gingival fibroblasts. All the lab work for the thesis was performed at the Department of Biomaterials and the thesis project was supervised by Hanna Tiainen.
The research presented in Victor's thesis is part of our ongoing RCN-funded research project focusing on tackling microbial infections on implant surfaces using plant polyphenols, a group of antioxidant and antimicrobial compounds that are found in several plant-based foods, such as tea, chocolate and wine. The aim of the project is to develop thin multifunctional polyphenolic coatings that can be deposited on different types of implant materials and to evaluate their ability to prevent microbial infections and inflammation around bone-anchored implants, such as dental implants. The results of Victor's thesis will be published in connection with Florian Weber's PhD thesis Development of multifunctional polyphenolic coatings for improved peri-implant healing, which will be defended on 30th June 2021.