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Professor Proctor received his PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Sheffield. 

He is Head of the Centre for Host Microbiome Interactions, in the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London.   Professor Proctor was previously appointed as a Professor of Salivary Biology in 2006, having been a Reader in Secretory Biology, University of London from 1998 to 2005.  

Professor Proctor has published extensively on the role of autonomic nerves in controlling salivary gland function in health and in disease. Studies of patients with chronically dry mouth have examined the changes in composition of saliva and how it interacts with oral surfaces. The utility of saliva as a diagnostic fluid is being explored in relation to a number of diseases. Professor Proctor has been President of the International Association of Dental Research Salivary Research Group. 

He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Archives of Oral Biology.