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Stiesch, Meike

Stiesch, Meike, Prof. Dr. med. dent.


Klinik für Zahnärztliche Prothetik und Biomedizinische Werkstoffkunde, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover


M. Stiesch (*1969), DMD,is W3 Professor and Head of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomedical Materials Science at MHH. She is coordinator of the research consortium BIOFABRICATION for NIFE and director of the section ‘Implant-related Infections’ (supported by Volkswagen Foundation / State of Lower Saxony), current president of the DGPro (German Society of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials), and Member of the review board (Fachkollegium) medicine of the German research foundation (DFG). Research of M. Stiesch focuses on medical biofilm formation, implant-associated infections, biomaterial development / biological functionalization, associations between chronic infections, senescence and endothelial regeneration and preventive strategies.

Biography / About

Date of Birth:January, 1969
Function:Full (W3) Professor and Head of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomedical Materials Science, Hannover Medical School (MHH)


1988Abitur, Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium Springe, Germany
1988 - 1994Graduated in Dental Medicine, University of Hamburg, Germany
1994D.M.D. Dental School, University of Hamburg
1994Doctorate in dentistry (Dr. med. dent.)
1994 - 1998Research fellow, Departmen of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany
1998Clinic of Prosthetic Dentistry, MHH
1998 - 2000Postgraduate programm implantology, Dental School, New York University, NY, USA
2001Diplomate of the German Society of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials
2002Post-doctoral lecturing qualification (Habilitation) and venia legendi in Dental and Oro-Maxillofacial Sciences, MHH

Academic appointments and Research posts:

1994 - 1998Lecturer at Dental School of the University of Kiel
1998 - 2005Senior lecturer at Dental School, MHH
Since 2005Appointment as Full Professor, Head of the Department of Prosthetic Dentistry and Biomedical Materials Science, MHH

Other professional activities:

Since 2000Academic mentor for the Dentsply-Award granted bei DGZMK/BZÄK
2006 - 2014Member of the DFG Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 599 ‘SFB 599: Sustainable Bioresorbable and Permanent Implants of Metallic and Ceramic Materials’, TP D8, D12 Grant holder for research on biofilms and biomaterials
Since 2008Member of PEERS (platform for exchange of education, research and science)
Since 2009Management Board of the network center of biocompatibility and implant immunology in medical engineering (CrossBit), MHH
Since 2010Member of the Board of the guideline committee VDI 5701 Biomaterials in Medical Technology
Since 2011Member of ITI (International Team for Implantology)
Since 2011Management Board of NIFE (Lower Saxony Centre of Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development), Hannover, Germany
Since 2011Director of the Section “Implant-related Infections” in NIFE
Since 2011Coordinator of the research consortium BIOFABRICATION for NIFE(supported by the Volkswagen Foundation and the state of Lower Saxony)
Since 2012Editor in chief: BioNanoMaterials
Since 2015Academic editor: PLOS ONE
Since 2016Member of the DFG review board medicine
Since 2016President of the DGPro (German Society of Prosthodontics and Dental Materials)

Awards and Prizes:

2005Mieg Forschungspreis
2007Dentaprime Forschungspreis
2009Peers Forschungspreis

Major research interests:

  • Medical biofilm formation
  • Implant-associated infections
  • Biomaterial development and functionalization
  • Associations between chronic infections and cardiovascular disease

Selected Publications:

  1. Rath H, Feng D, Neuweiler I, Stumpp SN, Nackenhorst U, Stiesch M. Biofilm formation by the oral pioneer colonizer Streptococcus gordonii an experimental and numerical study. FEMS microbiology ecology. 2017. Epub 2017/02/06.
  2. Rath H, Stumpp SN, Stiesch M. Development of a flow chamber system for the reproducible in vitro analysis of biofilm formation on implant materials. PLoS One. 2017. 12(2):e0172095. Epub 2017/02/12.
  3. Cogan NG, Rath H, Kommerein N, Stumpp SN, Stiesch M. Theoretical and experimental evidence for eliminating persister bacteria by manipulating killing timing. FEMS microbiology letters. 2016. 363(23). Epub 2016/12/05.
  4. Doll K, Jongsthaphongpun KL, Stumpp NS, Winkel A, Stiesch M. Quantifying implant-associated biofilms: Comparison of microscopic, microbiologic and biochemical methods. Journal of microbiological methods. 2016. 130:61-8. Epub 2016/07/23.
  5. Eberhard J, Stumpp N, Winkel A, Schrimpf C, Bisdas T, Orzak P, Teebken OE, Haverich A, Stiesch M. Streptococcus mitis and Gemella haemolysans were simultaneously found in atherosclerotic and oral plaques of elderly without periodontitis-a pilot study. Clinical oral investigations. 2017. 21(1):447-52. Epub 2016/04/03.
  6. Eberhard J, Loewen H, Krüger A, Donner S, Stumpp N, Patzlaff M, Sachs O, Reichard M, Ripken T, Heisterkamp A, Stiesch M. Non-invasive in vivo imaging by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy of gingival tissues following natural plaque deposition. J Clin Periodontol. 2014. 41: 321-326.
  7. Eberhard J, Stiesch M, Kerling A, Bara C, Eulert C, Hilfiker-Kleiner D, Hilfiker A, Budde E, Bauersachs J, Kück M, Haverich A, Melk A, Tegtbur U. Moderate and severe periodontitis are independent risk factors associated with low cardiorespiratory fitness in sedentary non-smoking men aged between 45 and 65 years. J Clin Periodontol. 2014. 41: 31-37.
  8. Kellner M, Steindorff MM, Strempel JF, Winkel A, Kühnel MP, Stiesch M. Differences of isolated dental stem cells dependent on donor age and consequences for autologous tooth replacement. Arch Oral Biol. 2014. 59: 559-567
  9. Melk A, Tegtbur U, Hilfiker-Kleiner D, Eberhard J, Saretzki G, Eulert C, Kerling A, Nelius AK, Hömme M, Strunk D, Berliner D, Röntgen P, Kück M, Bauersachs J, Hilfiker A, Haverich A, Bara C, Stiesch M. Improvement of biological age by physical activity. Int J Cardiol. 2014. 176: 1187-1189.
  10. Eberhard J, Grote K, Luchtefeld M, Heuer W, Schuett H, Divchev D, Scherer R, Schmitz-Streit R, Langfeldt D, Stumpp N, Staufenbiel I, Schieffer B, Stiesch M. Experimental gingivitis induces systemic inflammatory markers in young healthy individuals: a single-subject interventional study. PLoS One. 2013. 8(2):e55265 Epub 2013/02/07.

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