Dr. Valappil is a lecturer in dental sciences in the School of Dentistry at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. He is a deputy Director of Postgraduate Research in his University Research Institute. Dr. Valappil is a microbiologist with special interests in bacteriology and biomaterials. Following his PhD, Dr. Valappil worked at Imperial College London and the University of Westminster on developing tissue engineering composites. He then worked on controlled antibacterial agent delivery systems and bacterial biofilms at Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. Since moving to Liverpool, Dr. Valappil focused his research in the development of novel antibacterial materials for dental applications in treating periodontitis and caries. Dr. Valappil has published over 100 book chapters, peer-reviewed papers and peer reviewed abstracts. Dr. Valappil is an associate editor of BMC Oral Health and Review Editorial Board Member of the journal Frontiers in Antimicrobials, Resistance and Chemotherapy. He is a peer reviewer for over 40 scientific journals and act as grant reviewer for national and international research councils including Medical Research Council, UK; Chilean Science Agency, CONICYT and Italian Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.
Dr. Valappil has been involved in University teaching at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over 10 years and so far, supervised 20 undergraduate and postgraduate project students. Dr. Valappil was the chair of the Dental Biomaterials session for the European Society for Biomaterials 2014 conference and chair of the Microbiology session for the European organisation for caries research 2016 conference.