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Frank Lippert, MSc, PhD

Frank Lippert, MSc, PhD
Frank Lippert, MSc, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Director, Remineralization Research Program


Contact Info

Phone  (317) 274-3983
Fax       (317) 274-5425

Office Address

Indiana University School of Dentistry 
Oral Health Research Institute 
415 Lansing St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-2876

 

Frank Lippert, MSc, PhD, holds the position of Associate Research Professor in the Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry and Dental Public Health at the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) which he joined in 2009. Dr. Lippert directs the OHRI Remineralization Research Program and co-directs the Fluoride Research Program. He is originally from Germany where he studied food science at the Technical University of Dresden. Dr. Lippert received his PhD from the Dental School of the University of Bristol, UK in 2004 and then joined the Aquafresh New Product Research group at GlaxoSmithKline in Weybridge, UK. His research activities in dentistry started as a postgraduate student in 2000, when he was conducting dental erosion research using atomic force microscopy and nanoindentation in vitro as well as in situ, leading to several publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lippert continued his research activities at GlaxoSmithKline where he was directly involved in the development of oral healthcare products with improved fluoride and anti-caries effectiveness by investigating the impact of formulation excipients on fluoride delivery combined with the development of in vitro models with better in vivo/in situ enamel surface finish, with the aim to develop systems with improved cleaning and smoothening while reducing abrasivity. Dr. Lippert has an extensive knowledge of dentifrice and mouthrinse formulation science, combined with a strong background in tooth wear and caries research.

 

Dr. Lippert directs the Remineralization Research Program and co-directs the Fluoride Research Program which are integral parts of the Laboratory Testing Facility at the Oral Health Research Institute.


Research Interests

Dr. Lippert conducts hard tissue caries research and predominantly focuses on the following areas:

  • investigation of the mineral distribution of artificial and natural caries/white spot lesions
  • understanding the impact of mineral distribution on lesion progression and remineralization
  • investigation of the efficacy of novel anti-caries agents
  • developing a thorough understanding of the role of fluoride in the caries process with particular emphasis on fluoride's response to lesions with different mineral distributions

Dr. Lippert is also active in dental erosion/abrasion research in collaboration with the program director Dr. Hara.


Publications