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Prof. Dr.
Elmar Hellwig

Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology
Medical Director
Phone: 0049-761-270-49500 zahnerhaltung


  • 1973-1978 Studies of dental medicine, University of Münster
  • 1988 Habilitation
  • Since 1993 Full Professor (C4) and Medical Director of the Department of Operative Dentistry and Periodontology, Medical Center – University of Freiburg
  • 1999-2003/ 2013-2017 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg
  • 2005-2009/ Since 2013 Head of Center for Dental Medicine, University of Freiburg

Focus of research

  • Cariology
  • Dental materials
  • Oral microbiology

Selected publications

  • Anderson AC, Jonas D, Huber I, Karygianni L, Wölber J, Hellwig E, Arweiler N, Vach K, Wittmer A, Al-Ahmad A. Enterococcus faecalis from Food, Clinical Specimens, and Oral Sites: Prevalence of Virulence Factors in Association with Biofi lm Formation. Front Microbiol. 2016; 11;6:1534.
  • Schulz SD, Rüppell C, Tomakidi P, Steinberg T,Reichl FX, Hellwig E, Polydorou O. Gene expression analysis of conventional and interactive human gingival cell systems exposed to dental composites. Dent Mater. 2015; 31(11):1321-34.
  • Proksch S, Bittermann G, Vach K, Nitschke R, Tomakidi P, Hellwig E. hMSC-Derived VEGF Release Triggers the Chemoattraction of Alveolar Osteoblasts. Stem Cells. 2015; 33(10):3114-24.
  • Al-Ahmad A, Bucher M, Anderson AC, Tennert C, Hellwig E, Wittmer A, Vach K, Karygianni L. Antimicrobial Photoinactivation Using Visible Light Plus Water-Filtered Infrared-A (VIS +wIRA) Alters In Situ Oral Biofi lms. PLoS One. 2015; 0;10(7):e0132107.
  • Anderson AC, Sanunu M, Schneider C, Clad A, Karygianni L, Hellwig E, Al-Ahmad A. Rapid,species-level identifi cation of vaginal and oral lactobacilli using MALDI-TOF MS analysis and 16S rDNA sequencing. BMC Microbiol.2014; 14;14:312.