Dr Katarzyna Gurzawska PhD

Dr Katarzyna Gurzawska

School of Dentistry
Academic Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery

Contact details

The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Katarzyna Gurzawska is currently an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery. She started her specialty training in Oral Surgery at the Birmingham Dental Hospital in April 2015 and has a special interest in implantology and bone regeneration, a discipline concerned with bone pathology.

Apart from her clinical work, she undertakes research in the fields of nanotechnology, osseointegration in oral implantology and bone tissue engineering, focussing on the causes and possible new treatments of bone pathology.

She also takes part in teaching BDS students in clinical Oral Surgery and Biomaterials in development and methodology in oral implantology.


  • PhD in Health and Medical Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • PhD in Medical Engineering Science, Medical University of Lodz, Poland
  • MSc in Medicine and Dentistry (DMD), Medical University of Lodz, Poland


In 2006, Kasia graduated from the Medical University of Lodz (Poland). As a dental student was active member of European Dental Students’ Association (EDSA) and Student Scientific Organization (STN), Board of European Student of Technology (BEST), Erasmus Exchange Program and organized number of national and international meetings.

She afterwards accomplished her Denatal Fundation Training in a Hospital and University dental clinic situated in Lodz (Poland) and Malmo (Sweden) as a general dentist.

After being offered a Assistant Researcher position at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and Dental School (University of Copenhagen) in EU FP6 project: NanoCMM in collaboration with Technical University of Lodz, in 2008 she became PhD student funded by Danish Strategic Research Council, Programme Committee for nano science and technology, biotechnology and information technology. She accomplished her PhD thesis: „Nanocoating of bone implants in vitro” and continue as a post-doc working on the same project on in vivo model.

In 2013, she received Marie-Curie Post-doctoral Fellowship in project: “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontal Inflammatory Disease (RAPID funded by EU FP-7 and work on development of anti-inflammatory properties of novel biomaterials.

She subsequently returned to Poland in 2014 to accomplish her second PhD project in Biomedical Engineering at the Medical University of Lodz with collaboration of Technical University of Lodz.

In April 2015, she started her position as an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Oral Surgery at the Birmingham Dental Hospital, and pursues her research interests within the Research Group led by Prof. Thomas Dietrich and Prof. Owen Addison.


  • Clinical teaching of BDS students in Oral Surgery
  • Tutoring of 1st – 5th year BDS students
  • Academic teaching of BMedSc students in Biomedical Materials Science

Postgraduate supervision

  • Supervision of bachelor projects in Biomedical Materials Science
  • Co-supervision of PhD project in nanomedicince and biomaterials in collaboration with Silesian University of Technology 


Research field: implant dentistry, bone tissue engineering, nanocoatings, biomaterials and biomimics

With the exception of blood, bone is the most widely transplanted material and it is estimated that more than 2.2 million bone graft operations are performed annually worldwide in orthopaedics and dentistry to address bony defects. However, autologous bone grafting is associated with clinical drawbacks, such as limited tissue availability and increased patient morbidity and complications at the donor surgical site, which includes bacterial infection.

The research goal of the group is to develop state-of-the-art biomaterials for bone transplantation that will stimulate rapid bone regeneration.

Kasia works on GreenBone project investigating natural source of biomaterial, derived from plants having osteogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

She is also interested in understanding biofilm formation on dental implant surface causing peri-implantitis.

Her focus is to understand bacterial interactions with surface of titanium dental implants and communication between biofilm-associated bacteria and host-cells e.g. osteoblasts to develop dental implant surface with anti-bacterial properties.

Her long-term aim is to develop graft materials for enhanced bone regeneration in cancer patient.

Other activities

  • Member of Junior Committee of European Association of Osseointegration (EAO) 2014 - present
  • Meningitis Charity Organization Team of Three Peaks Challenge 2017
  • Member of Implantology Committee of International Association of Dental Research 2012 - present


  • Folkert J, Meresta A, Gaber T, Miksch K, Buttgereit F, Detert J,Pischon N, Gurzawska K. Nanocoating with plant-derived pectins activate osteoblast response in vitro, International Journal of Nanomedicine 2016 Dec 29;12:239-249
  • Meresta A., Folkert J., Gaber T., Miksch K., Buttgereit F., Detert J., Pischon N., Gurzawska K. Plant-derived Pectin Nanocoatings to Prevent Inflammatory Cellular Response of Osteoblasts following Porphyromonas Gingivalis Infection, International Journal of Nanomedicine 2017 Jan 12;12:433-445
  • Gurzawska K., Svava R., Jørgensen N.R., Gotfredsen K.: Nanocoating of titanium implant surfaces with organic molecules. Polysaccharides including glycosaminoglycans, Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology 2012 Dec, 8 (6): 1012-24
  • Gurzawska K., Svava R., Syberg S., Yihua Y., Haugshøj K. B., Damager I., Ulvskov P., Christensen L. H., Gotfredsen K., Jørgensen N. R.: Effect of nanocoating with rhamnogalacturonan-I on surface properties and osteoblasts response, Journal of Biomedical Materials part A 2012 Mar, 100 (3): 654-64
  • Svava R., Gurzawska K., Yihua Y., Haugshøj K. B., Dirscherl K., Syberg S., Dirscherl K., Levery SB., Jørgensen N. R., Gotfredsen K., Damager I., Jørgensen B., Ulvskov P.: The structurally effect of surface coated rhamnogalacturonan I on response of the osteoblast-like cell line SaOS-2, Journal of Biomedical Materials part A, 2014 Jun, 102(6): 1862-71
  • Gurzawska, K.; Svava, R.; Yihua, Y.; Haugshøj, K. B.; Dirscherl, K.; Levery, S. B.; Byg, I.; Damager, I.; Nielsen, M. W.; Jørgensen, B.; Jørgensen, N. R.; Gotfredsen, K., Osteoblastic response to pectin nanocoating on titanium surfaces. Materials Science and Engineering: C 2014 Oct 1, 43:117-125.
  • Gurzawska K., Dirscherl K., Yihua Y., Byg I.,  Jørgensen B., Svava R., Nielsen MW., Jørgensen NR., Gotfredsen K.: Characterization of pectic nanocoating at polystyrene and titanium, Journal of Surface Engineeered Materials and Advanced Technology, 2013 Oct , 3: 20-28
  • Gurzawska K, Dirscherl K, Jørgensen B, Berglundh T, Jørgensen NR, Gotfredsen K. Pectin nanocoating of titanium implant        surfaces - an experimental study in rabbits. Clinical Oral Implants Research 2016 Mar, 1-10: 298307

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