Søren Jepsen is professor and chair of the Department of Periodontology, Operative and Preventive Dentistry at the University of Bonn, Germany. Previously, he was assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Hamburg, and later associate professor in the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology at the University of Kiel, Germany.
Prof Jepsen received his dental and his medical degrees from the University of Hamburg in 1981 and 1986, respectively, and a MSc in Periodontology from Loma Linda University, California, USA, in 1992. He received his diploma from the American Board of Periodontology in 1999.
He became an elected member of Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences) in 2005. He was also elected and invited to become chair of the Department of Periodontology, University of Bern, Switzerland in 2007. From 2008 to 2015, he was speaker of the Clinical Research Unit 208 “Aetiology and Sequelae of Periodontal Diseases“ at the University of Bonn. It is the first (and, so far, only) clinical resarch unit in dentistry to be funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
He has served on the executive committee of the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) as chair of its research committee (2004-2010), as a board member (2012-2017), and as president (2015-2016). He was also co-chair of the organising committee for the AAP/EFP World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions (2017), and scientific chair of EuroPerio9 (2018).
Prof Jepsen has lectured and published extensively, has received numerous awards, and is associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology and an editorial-board member of Clinical Oral Implants Research, the European Journal of Oral Implantology, and the Chinese Journal of Dental Research..