Dr Josette Camilleri B.Ch.D., M.Phil., Ph.D., FICD, FADM., FIMMM, FHEA

Dr Josette Camilleri

School of Dentistry
Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

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Josette Camilleri obtained her Bachelor in Dental Surgery and Master of Philosophy from the University of Malta. She completed her doctoral degree, supervised by the late Professor Tom Pitt Ford, at Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London.

She has worked at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta and the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta. Her research interests include endodontic materials such as root-end filling materials and root canal sealers, with particular interest in mineral trioxide aggregate; Portland cement hydration and other cementitious materials used as biomaterials and also in the construction industry.

Josette has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and her work is cited over 4000 times. She is the Editor of Mineral trioxide aggregate. From preparation to application published by Springer in 2014. She is a contributing author to the 7th edition of Harty’s Endodontics in Clinical Practice (Editor: BS Chong) and Glass ionomer cements in Dentistry (Editor: SK Sidhu). She is an international lecturer, a reviewer and a member of the scientific panels of a number of international journals including Journal of Endodontics, Scientific Reports, Plos One, Clinical Oral Investigation, Dental Materials, Journal of Dental Research, Journal of Dentistry and Acta Biomaterialia.

Qualifications

  • FHEA  Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2017
  • FICD Fellow of International Collee of Dentists in 2016
  • FADM Fellow of Academy of Dental Materials in 2012
  • FIMMM Fellow of Institute of Materials, Minerals and mining in 2012
  • h.D. In Materials Science in 2007
  • M.Phil in Endodontology in 2001
  • B.Ch.D. in 1992

Biography

Josephine mostly known as Josette Camilleri was born in Malta and has trained as a dental surgeon at the University of Malta. She undertook post-graduate studies under the supervision of the late Prof Thomas Pitt Ford at King’s College London after securing a commonwealth scholarship. She obtained a PhD degree in 2007.

Josette has worked at the NHS in Malta from 1999-2007 after which she undertook an academic career as a resident academic first at the Department of Building and Civil Engineering, Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta and then at the Department of Restorative Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Surgery, University of Malta, Malta.

Josette has extensive experience in both teaching and research and has worked in collaboration with various institutions both in Malta and internationally. She is also an international lecturer and examiner and has been a reviewer for grants in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

Josette is the Editor of the book entitled “Mineral Trioxide Aggregate in Dentistry: From Preparation to Application” published by Springer in 2014 and has written various book chapters. She has also patented two endodontic materials.

She is a fellow of

 - Academy of Dental Materials

- Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

- International College of Dentists

- Higher Education Academy

Furthermore she is a Committee Member of the following COST networks

- MP1301: New generation biomimetic and customized implants for bone engineering (NEWGEN)

- TD 1305: Improved Protection of Medical Devices Against Infection (IPROMEDAI)

- CA15114: Anti-MIcrobial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious diseases-

- CA16119: In vitro 3-D total cell guidance and fitness

- CA15216: European Network of Bioadhesion Expertise: Fundamental Knowledge to In-spire Advanced Bonding Technologies

She also heads the focus group on antimicrobial properties of dental devices in TD 1305: Improved Protection of Medical Devices Against Infection (IPROMEDAI) and is a core group member in MP1301: New generation biomimetic and customized implants for bone engineering (NEWGEN).

Research

Josette Camilleri is known for her research on mineral trioxide aggregate. She has characterized and identified the composition of the original formulation of mineral trioxide aggregate and also shown its interaction with the environment and biological tissues. Her research has been instrumental in further material development and the creation of various second generation material available clinically. She has also developed  and tested a number of prototypes which could prospectively be launched in the future.

Josette has also worked extensively on the mechanisms of discolouration of teeth caused by various materials used in Endodontics and has also researched the changes to materials subjected to various environments during clinical use.

Other research involvement includes testing of zirconia and other ceramics, antimicrobial testing of various dental materials, standardisation of testing of materials, and the creation of ex vivo models for better understanding of the interaction of dental materials when in clinical use.

Through various collaborations with Engineering and Civil Engineering, research on building materials used in the construction industry and the reutilisation of wastes in concrete construction has also been undertaken.  

Publications

Camilleri J, Montesin FE, Brady K, Sweeney R, Curtis RV, Pitt Ford TR. (2005), The constitution of mineral trioxide aggregate. Dental Materials 21: 297-303.

Camilleri J. (2007), Hydration mechanisms of mineral trioxide aggregate. International Endodontic Journal 40: 462-70.

Camilleri J. (2008), Characterization of hydration products of mineral trioxide aggregate. International Endodontic Journal; 41: 408-17.

Camilleri J. (2014), The color stability of white mineral trioxide aggregate in contact with sodium hypo-chlorite solution. Journal of Endodontics 40:436-40..

Schembri Wismayer P, Lung CYK, Rappa F, Capello F, Camilleri J. (2016), Assessment of the interaction of Portland cement-based materials with blood and tissue fluids using an animal model. Scientific Reports 29; 6: 34547.

Moinzadeh AT, Aznar Portoles C, Schembri Wismayer P, Camilleri J. (2016), Bioactivity potential of Endosequence BC RRM-putty. Journal of Endodontics 42: 615-21.

Arias Moliz MT, Camilleri J. (2016), The effect of the final irrigant on the antimicrobial activity of root canal sealers. Journal of Dentistry 52: 30-6.

Farrugia C, Baca P, Camilleri J, Arias Moliz MT. (2017), Antimicrobial activity of ProRoot MTA in contact with blood. Scientific Reports  27; 7: 41359