Professor Stuart Dashper is a Principle Research Fellow in the Melbourne Dental School at the University of Melbourne. The majority of his current research fits under the umbrella of determining the causes of oral diseases, particularly periodontal diseases and dental caries, at a bacterial and molecular level. The long term aim of these studies is to develop novel strategies for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases, including the development of novel antimicrobials and vaccine technology. He was awarded his PhD in 1991 and has reported and presented his research regularly since that time in some of the best international journals in the field and at national and international conferences. Stuart is the author of over 85 research publications and is a named inventor on eight patents many of which have been licensed for development.