Professor of Oral Microbiology
The human body is heavily colonised by microorganisms including Bacteria, Archaea, viruses, fungi and protozoa and are known collectively as the human microbiome. In recent years, there has been substantial interest in the role of the human microbiome in health and disease and William Wade has been one of the pioneers in the development for its characterisation, in particular the oral microbiome. He is a curator of the Human Oral Microbiome Database (www.homd.org) which has been developed with collaborators at the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, USA.
Current research interests are the characterisation of the composition of the human microbiome, determination of the functional roles of members of the microbiome in health and disease and the development of novel methods for the culture of the majority of the microbiome which has yet to be cultured. The development of novel prevention measures and treatments, such as probiotics, for microbiome-associated diseases is a major focus.