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Research groups


The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences promotes cutting edge collaborative research within an interdisciplinary context.

We have research centres which have secured positions at the forefront of international scientific research and which make major contributions to teaching, training and research by inspiring and nurturing the next generation of scientific leaders. 



Research Groups

Discover key research by group at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

  • Academic Centre of Reconstructive Science logo

    Academic Centre of Reconstructive Science

    The main area of the group's translational research has been based upon the use of digital technology in the planning and provision of facial prostheses.

  • Andoniadou Lab logo

    Andoniadou Lab

    Investigates the intrinsic and extrinsic signalling mechanisms that regulate the progenitor/stem cell pool and control cell fate decisions.

  • Basson Lab logo

    Basson Lab

    Research that is primarily focused on chromatin remodelling factors implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Bergholt Lab logo

    Bergholt Lab

    We are a multidisciplinary research team working on label-free bioimaging.

  • Cariology & Operative Dentistry logo

    Cariology & Operative Dentistry

    Research on Cariology & minimum intervention / minimally invasive operative dentistry

  • Carpenter Lab logo

    Carpenter Lab

    Studies salivary function in maintaining a normal healthy mouth. This is achieved by projects on saliva and salivary glands.

  • Chiappini Lab logo

    Chiappini Lab

    The nanomaterials and biointerfaces lab is a research group led by Dr. Ciro Chiappini.

  • Cobourne Lab logo

    Cobourne Lab

    Primarily focused on further understanding Hedgehog signalling during early craniofacial development.

  • Cultures of Oral Health logo

    Cultures of Oral Health

    We are a team of researchers who take a sociological approach to the study of oral health

  • Deb Lab logo

    Deb Lab

    Biomaterials for regenerative medicine & dentistry

  • Dental Innovation & Translation Hub logo

    Dental Innovation & Translation Hub

    Enabling interdisciplinary collaborations to translate research into impact for clinical practice, public health policy and development of new technologies and…

  • Dental Public Health Group logo

    Dental Public Health Group

    Dental Public Health is the science and art of preventing oral diseases, promoting oral health to the population rather than the individual.

  • Di Silvio Lab logo

    Di Silvio Lab

    Understanding the biology of cell-material interfaces and develop novel therapies for musculoskeletal regeneration and repair.

  • Erosive Toothwear Group logo

    Erosive Toothwear Group

    Carries out laboratory based, in-situ and clinical studies on tooth wear. The major focus and expertise is on dental erosion.

  • Francis-West Lab logo

    Francis-West Lab

    Studies the function of Dchs1-Fat4-PCP and Hippo signalling during development.

  • Functional Microbiome Group / Moyes Group logo

    Functional Microbiome Group / Moyes Group

    Investigating the functional interactions between microbes/microbial communities and mucosal surfaces.

  • Garnett Lab logo

    Garnett Lab

    The Garnett Lab investigates molecular mechanisms that promote bacterial disease

  • Gentleman Lab logo

    Gentleman Lab

    Develops innovative biomaterials to control stem cell differentiation for regenerative medicine.

  • Green Lab logo

    Green Lab

    The Green Laboratory investigates spatial aspects of embryonic development.

  • Knight Lab logo

    Knight Lab

    Aims to understand the molecular and cellular events that direct stem cells during musculoskeletal development and regeneration.

  • Lehner Lab logo

    Lehner Lab

    Focused on host-pathogen interactions, with emphasis on the innate and adaptive immune responses against HIV and the role of stress agents in DC, T and B cell…

  • Liu Lab logo

    Liu Lab

    Studies the development of the neural crest lineage from induction and migration to differentiation.

  • Mardinoglu Lab logo

    Mardinoglu Lab

    Interested in development of genome-scale metabolic models (GEMs) for human cells/tissues and employing these comprehensive models in the analysis of omics data…

  • Miletich Lab logo

    Miletich Lab

    Studies the biology of salivary gland stem cells in order to provide new treatment options for patients affected with dry mouth caused by irreversible salivary…

  • Naglik Lab logo

    Naglik Lab

    Research relates to host-microbial interactions at mucosal surfaces with specific emphasis on fungal and bacterial pathogenesis, mucosal immunity and epithelial…

  • Paediatric Dentistry logo

    Paediatric Dentistry

    Comprehensive therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through adolescence, including care for those who demonstrate intellectual, medical,…

  • Periodontology and Periodontal Medicine logo

    Periodontology and Periodontal Medicine

    Research into periodontal and peri-implant diseases with the aim to improve patient care and quality of life.

  • Proctor Lab logo

    Proctor Lab

    Studies the relationship between salivary glands and saliva and health.

  • Psychology in Dentistry logo

    Psychology in Dentistry

    Oral health related behaviour, social determinants of oral health, social impact of oral health, dental fear and anxiety, and the psychology of early diagnosis…

  • Orofacial Pain Research Group logo

    Orofacial Pain Research Group

    Orofacial pain is a noxious, painful experience in the region of the face and /or oral cavity.

  • Setterfield Lab logo

    Setterfield Lab

    Studies pathogenic mechanisms involved in the autoimmune blistering diseases pemphigus vulgaris and mucous membrane pemphigoid, and subtypes of lichen planus.

  • Sharpe Lab logo

    Sharpe Lab

    Studies teeth as a model system to explore the basic processes of developmental pattern formation, stem cell biology and tissue repair and regeneration.

  • Streit Lab logo

    Streit Lab

    Investigates the integration of signalling pathways, epigenetic changes and transcription factor networks during cell fate decisions.

  • Tavassoli Lab logo

    Tavassoli Lab

    Investigation of the molecular pathogenesis of head and neck cancers.

  • Tucker Lab logo

    Tucker Lab

    Interested in the development of the head, with particular focus on structures that form in association with the jaw.

  • Wade Lab logo

    Wade Lab

    William Wade has been one of the pioneers in developing methods for the characterisation of the oral microbiome in health and disease.


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