Chandra Ramalingam

Education and work history

2022-present: PhD student, School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield

2020-2021: MSc Oral Sciences, University of Glasgow

·    Dissertation: “Exploring the multifaceted relationship between the oral microbiome and oral squamous cell carcinoma”, a meta-analysis of oral microbiome studies that used 16s rRNA sequencing to study the role of the oral microbiome in OSCC

2013-2018: BDS, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences

2021-2022: Research Assistant, University of Glasgow

·    Collaborated on a research project funded by GSK pharmaceuticals, a meta-analysis of 16s microbiome studies in dental caries and oral squamous cell carcinoma

2018-2019: Assistant dentist, Jesy and Thomas Dental care, Bangalore, India

Current research

My PhD project is funded by White Rose BBSRC DTP in Mechanistic Biology and Haleon and aims to study oral microbial communities through nanopore sequencing and biochemical virulence assays and to understand their functional response through metaproteomics. Using chlorhexidine and other novel compounds in varying concentrations, we also aim to understand the role of the human oral microbiome in promoting anti-microbial resistance. This inter-disciplinary project is supervised by Professor Graham Stafford and Dr Jags Pandhal, as well as Dr Dave Bradshaw (Haleon).