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Mimi Yow

Clinical Associate Professor Mimi Yow

  • Team member, Singapore Oral Microbiome Initiative, National Dental Research Institute Singapore, National Dental Centre Singapore
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Orthodontics, NDCS
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Oral Health ACP, Duke-NUS Medical School


Every mouth is inhabited by its unique indigenous microbiota that comprises a complex ecological community of more than 700 types of heterogeneous microorganisms. They can be commensal, symbiotic or pathogenic bacteria, virus or fungi and bacteria are the main players. The oral microbiota is able to influence oral and systemic systems with detrimental or beneficial outcomes. It is the SOMI team's aspiration to mine the populous oral microbiome interactions with habitats in the mouth for the benefit of the health of the host.


Awards received:

  1. Align Technologies International Competitive Research Grant Award 2015.
  2. Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress 2017 Meritorious Award for Scientific Poster "Evaluation of Streptococcus Mutans adhesion on various removable orthodontic retainer materials".


Research Focus Areas

To explore the healthy and disease-perturbed oral microbiome associated with oral appliances as intraoral habitats.


Current Projects

  • Two Simultaneous Studies in Bacterial Retention and Effectiveness of Orthodontic Retainers (Hawley, Essix C and Vivera©) - PI


Publications and/or Research Projects

  1. Manuscript submitted for publication in Dental Materials: Effects of various removable orthodontic retainers on clinical and microbiological parameters.  Chua J, Seneviratne CJ, Wong HC, Yow M.