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Women In Science

Silver Athena SWANKing's College London The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences is committed to the advancement of women in science. Through the Athena SWAN initiative, we are actively working to improve the representation of women in STEMM in higher education.  We are delighted to report that the Dental Institute achieved the Athena SWAN silver award in April 2015 in recognition of its commitment and work.

News of our women scientists


Cynthia Andoniadou, a Lecturer in Stem Cell Biology at the Dental Institute, will begin her term as a Prize Fellow in September.

Third year dentistry student Natasha Naeem has heard all the obvious jokes about her cake making business.

Early February Professor Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro was awarded an Honorary Degree from King's College London's Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences' 18th Annual Postgraduate Research Day was held on Wednesday 9th March at Guy's Campus.

The BSDB is proud to announce the first winner of the Cheryll Tickle Medal, which will be awarded at the 2016 BSDB-BSCB Spring meeting in Warwick to the The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences' Prof. Abigail Tucker.

Congratulations to KCLFaculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences student Roxanne Mehdizadeh, winner of the Keith Woods Essay Competition, from the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. 

Congratulations to the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences' Sarah Wiltshire winner at the King's Awards.

Claire McCarthy, Dental Hygienist at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, has been selected through a competitive interview process to receive the Vivienne Wohl studentship.

Ms Catherine Liu, a fourth year BDS student at King's College London, the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences, was awarded the first prize for her oral presentation at the first ever INSPIRE conference, which took place at Guy's Hospital on the 24th October.


More news of our women scientists



A network of students, professionals, academics and researchers who support diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at King's College London. 

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Research interests of our women principal investigators

Cynthia Andoniadou Stem cell biology 

Koula Asimakopoulou Health psychology; diabetes; empowerment; adherence; understanding of risk; patient-provider communication

Veronica Booth Periodontology

Margaret Cox Information technology in education

Sanjukta Deb Composites for hard and soft tissue replacement

Kathryn Derringer Growth factors in human dental pulp

Lucy Di-Silvio Tissue engineering; stem cell approaches for tissue regeneration; biocompatibility of materials

Phillipa Francis-West Growth factor signalling during development and disease

Jenny Gallagher Health services research including modernising the dental workforce and service delivery

Eileen Gentleman Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, mechanobiology, biomineralisation

Marie Hosey Paediatric dental sedation; paediatric dental services for children with special needs

Karen Liu Signal transduction in developmental biology; small molecules; post-translational control

Moya Meredith Smith Understanding of bio-diversity of all extant and fossil skeletal tissue, including and specialising in those of dentition; spanning two fields of study: developmental biology and palaeontology

Isabelle Miletich Salivary gland development and regeneration

Rebecca Moazzez Toothwear (gastrointestinal reflux disease); clinical trials

Dianne Rekow Damage evolution in brittle materials; scaffolds for tissue engineering; catastrophe preparedness

Tara Renton Orofacial pain; trigeminal nerve injury; oral surgery; stem cell; neuroscience

Sasha Scambler Ageing and oral health; chronic illness and disability theory

Suzanne Scott Health psychology; symptom perception; help-seeking behaviour; psychoneuroimmunology; palliative care

Jane Setterfield Immunobullous disorders and lichen planus

Menaka Soory Bioactive agents and tissue repair; therapeutic markers in periodontal and allied diseases

Andrea Streit Sensory nervous system; ear; eye; olfactory epithelium; sensory placodes; neurogenesis

Mahvash Tavassoli Control of apoptosis

Abigail Tucker Patterning of the branchial arches and development of the head


More about Athena SWAN Charter

Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. The Charter was launched in June 2005. Any higher education institution which is committed to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in STEMM in higher education and research can apply for membership.

The beliefs underpinning the Charter are:

  • The advancement of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine is fundamental to quality of life across the globe>
  • It is vitally important that women are adequately represented in what has traditionally been, and is still, a male-dominated area
  •  Science cannot reach its full potential unless it can benefit from the talents of the whole population, and until women and men can benefit equally from the opportunities it affords.


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