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William Wade is Professor of Oral Microbiology within the Centre for Host-Microbiome Interactions. He has played a major role in the determination of the oral microbiome in health and disease, the cultivation of previously uncultivated bacteria and the development and evaluation of antimicrobials and pre- and probiotics for the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

William has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and obtained grant funding from UK Research Councils, the US National Institute of Health and major charities including the Wellcome Trust. He has also worked closely with Industry on translational projects to develop new oral care products.

William is a Curator of the Human Oral Microbiome Database (, an on-line resource for oral researchers, in collaboration with colleagues from the Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, USA, where he holds an Honorary Senior Research Investigator appointment.

William began his career as a Lecturer at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff and then moved to a Senior Lecturer appointment at the University of Bristol where he was Director of Research and Director of Graduate studies. He was appointed to the Richard Dickinson Chair of Oral Microbiology at UMDS in 1996. From 2013 to 2018 he was Professor of Oral Microbiology at Queen Mary University of London.