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Past Fellowship and Grant Awards

FDS fellowship – dental research fellowship


Applicant: ALLISON, James

Host institution: Newcastle university

Research title: VICINITY—Understanding VIral Carriage IN bIoaerosols using denTistrY as a model

Pump Priming Grants (small grants)


Applicant: BEECROFT, Emma       

Host institution: Newcastle University

Research title: Development of novel in vitro human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived sensory-like neuronal model of orofacial neuropathic pain

Applicant: SHAH, Neha

Host institution: Queen Mary University of London/Royal London Dental Hospital          

Research title: A study to test the feasibility and acceptability of using photography to assess socket healing in pre-radiotherapy head and neck cancer patients

Applicant: WHITEHOUSE, Laura

Host institution: University of Leeds

Research title: Biomimetic Scaffolds for in vitro dentine production


Applicant: GORMLEY, Mark

Host institution: University of Bristol

Research title: Establishing a DNA methylation profile for e-cigarette exposure in oral and oropharyngeal cancer cells.


Applicant: GILLWAY, Daniel

Host institution: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust          

Research title: Digital denture scanning and 3D printing for residents in care homes – a potential solution for managing denture loss


Applicant: AHMAD, Armaana

Host institution: UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Research title: Genetic Investigations for Children who have Type II Dentinogenesis Imperfecta: A Feasibility Study    

Applicant: PALMER, Julia

Host institution: Newcastle Dental School

Research title: "Experience of Adolescent painful TempoRomandibuLar Disorder: EARLy study"


Applicant: MACKEN, John

Host institution: Blizard Institute

Research title: Enhancing our understanding of the healing potential of the oral mucosa


Applicant: DUDDING, Tom

Host institution: Bristol Dental Hospital

Research title: The impact of primary dental care services on serious dental sepsis: A natural experiment using COVID-19

Applicant: RYAN, Paul

Host institution: Institute of Dentistry, (Royal London Hospital)

Research title: Antibody responses to SARS-CoV2 in Clinical Dental workers – A longitudinal study


Applicant: KEDDIE, Meg

Host Institution: Dental Department - The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Surrey and Sussex Hospital Trust (Sash), Canterbury Health Centre

Research title: What is the value (if any) of Bispectral Index Monitoring for adults with little or no verbal communication undergoing intravenous conscious sedation for dental treatment and is there potential for wider use of such devices in dental conscious sedation training and practice?



FDS Research Fellowship


  • Mohammad Owaise Sharif (Eastman Dental Institute, University College London)
  • Personalised provision of orthodontic treatment information in the digital age


  • Caroline McCarthy (University of Liverpool)
  • Epigenetic reprogramming in chemoprevention of head and neck cancer: in vitro tissue-engineered model and in vivo validation using the SAVER trial


  • Kate Kenny (School of Dentistry, University of Leeds)
  • Development of a minimum dataset for recording traumatic dental injuries in children


  • Ambika Chadha (Kings College London, South Thames Cleft Centre, St. Thomas’ Hospital)
  • 3D Assessment of Phenotype in Cleft Lip & Association with Underlying Genotype


  • Annie Morgan (University of Sheffield)
  • Development of an electronic patient-reported outcome measure for dental anxiety


  • Alastair Fry (University of Sheffield)
  • Epithelial mesenchymal transition in oral squamous cell carcinoma


  • Zairah Roked (Cardiff University)
  • Feasibility of alcohol screening and treatment interventions in dental settings


  • Jagtar Dhanda (University of Liverpool)
  • The molecular determinants of extracapsular spread in metastatic cancer


  • Nadine Khawaja (Kings College London Dental Institute)
  • Mapping central changes in acute trigeminal pain following analgesic modulation


  • Rishma Shah (Eastman Dental Institute)
  • The creation of bony attachments for engineered craniofacial muscle constructs


  • Jon Higham (University of Sheffield)
  • Porphyromonas gingivalis Infection of Endothelial cells: A possible mechanism for the association between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease


  • Andrew Hobkirk (Royal Liverpool University Hospital)
  • Novel epigenetic biomarkers of minimal residual disease in head and neck cancer


  • Philip Tomson (Birmingham School of Dentistry)
  • Signalling pathways in pulpal repair induced by mineral trioxide aggregate

FDS-BOS Research Fellowship


  • Hanieh Javidi (School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield)
  • Does orthodontics improve oral health-related quality of life? A cohort study


Aliki Tsichlaki

  • Aliki Tsichlaki (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Core outcome set development reflecting patient values for orthodontic treatment

FDS-Wellcome Research Fellowship


  • Paul Ryan (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry)
  • The contribution of gamma-delta T-cells, dentritic cells and bacteria in bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw.


  • Andrew Schache (University of Liverpool)
  • The epigenetics of HPV16- mediated oral & oropharyngeal squamous carcinoma

FDS Small Grants


  • Robert Kennedy (Guy's Hospital)
  • Intra-tumoral distribution of tumour infiltrating lymphocytes in head and neck cancer
  • Laura Timms (University of Sheffield)
  • Children as co-designers: innovating research into the use of silver diamine fluoride for caries management


  • Anna Pritchard (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Periodontitis-Alzheimer’s disease axis: Understanding virulence factors of the oral microbiome and transport across the blood brain barrier
  • Federico Moreno Sancho (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Angiogenesis in vivo: bone scaffolds with or without tissue-specific cell-based therapy in a chick embryo model
  • Krupali Patel (University College London)
  • Investigating the role xenophagy and LC3-mediated phagocytosis in orofacial granulomatosis


  • Robert Bolt (University of Sheffield)
  • Exploiting salivary extracellular vesicle microRNA biomarker signatures for the early detection of oral and oropharyngeal cancer
  • Ibraz Siddique (University of Sheffield)
  • Does the presence of cancer-associated fibroblasts at tumour margins confer a worse prognosis for oral cancer patients?
  • Ishpinder Toor (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Adhesive bonding with gold alloys



  • Jennifer Haworth (University of Bristol)
  • Mechanisms of oral streptococcus-induced platelet activation
  • Lisette Martin (University of Sheffield)
  • Mutational analysis of ossifying fibromas of the jaws
  • Harlene Kaur (University of Birmingham)
  • GreenBone - bone substitute materials with osteogenic and anti-inflammatory properties


  • Rupal Shah (UCL Dental Institute and Eastman Dental Hospital)
  • A qualitative study investigating outcomes of orthodontic treatment from the perspective of patients and parents
  • John Perry (Cardiff University Dental School)
  • Development of an evidence-based model for risk communication and consent in orthodontics
  • Navin Vig (QMUL)
  • Investigating the role of the amoeboid cancer stem phenotype in oral cancer
  • Vinod Patel (Guys Dental Hospital)
  • Application of primary cell cultures and bone immunohistochemistry techniques to evaluate, quantify and classify jaw bone’s quality upon radiotherapy. – A Pilot Study


  • Dr Anand Lalli (Centre for Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences)
  • How does HOXA7 induce malignant conversion in oral mucosal lesions?
  • Mr Daljit Gill (Watford Orthodontics)
  • A randomised prospective controlled clinical trial to compare two techniques for the management of class II malocclusion.
  • Dr Jennifer Jalili (University of Sheffield)
  • To determine whether microRNA are involved in drug-induced gingival overgrowth and fibrosis.


  • Helen Petersen (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Orofacial granulomatosis; a disorder of the innate immune response
  • Sabine Jurge (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Investigating the association between periodontitis and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Daniel Saund (University of Birmingham)
  • Systemic inflammatory response and endothelial dysfunction after lower third molar surgery


  • Michael Ho (University of Liverpool)
  • Molecular and clinical determinants of malignant progression in oral dysplasia
  • Ryan Olley (Kings College London)
  • Patched-1 function during early development of the lip and palate
  • Lynsey Tabrett (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Which is better - a fixed or removable functional orthodontic appliance? An investigation into muscle response


  • Joanna Batt (University of Birmingham)
  • Influence of titanium ion levels on peri-implant epithelial cell responses
  • Karun Dewan (University of Aston, Birmingham)
  • Applying neutron scattering to inform how to cure dental resin composite materials
  • Ioannis Levisianos (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • An in vitro contiguous hybrid skeletal muscle model for use in craniofacial defects


  • Francesco D'aiuto (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Effects of periodontal therapy on vascular injury/repair in people with Type 2 Diabetes
  • Fiona Ryan (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • A study of shared decision making in orthagnathic treatment
  • Mehdi Yazdi (Kings College London Dental Institute)
  • Investigating the role of odontoblasts in dental pain and identifying future targets to manage dental pain
  • Clare Gleeson (Kings College London Dental Institute)
  • Evaluating methodology for reducing CBCT radiation dosage for routine assessment of ‘high risk’ mandibular third molars. Can we replace the DPT with a CBCT?
  • Charlotte Emanuel (School of Dentistry, Cardiff University)
  • An investigation of the ability of a novel oligosaccharide polymer therapy to modulate the viability, adhesion and biofilm formation of oral bacteria on dental material substrates in vitro
  • Helen Peterson (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Investigation of potential platelet interactive proteins expressed by infective endocarditis (IE) pathogens, enterococcus faecalis and viridans streptococci, and their possible role in the pathogenesis of IE
  • Matthew Locke (School of Dentistry, Cardiff University)
  • Myogenic differentiation potential of an oral mucosa-derived progenitor cell population
  • Aws Alani (University of Wales)
  • The effect of polycaprolactone-phospate


  • Martyn Cobourne (Kings College London)
  • An investigation into the role of CamkII-beta kinase in the aetiology of cleft palate using a mouse model of theDiGeorge/Velocardiofacial syndromes
  • Ian Needleman (Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Impact of hospitalisation on oral health - an observation
  • Martin Ling (University of Birmingham)
  • Neutrophil Extracelular Traps (NETs) in inflammatory periodontal disease
  • Rishma Shah (Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Engineered skeletal muscle constructs as an aid for the management of craniofacial deformities


  • Owen Addison (University of Birmingham)
  • Titanium in peri-implant epithelium: an x-ray synchrotron investigation


  • Bhavin Bhuva (Guy’s Dental School)
  • The use of an ex vivo bio film model to assess the effectiveness of various irrigation protocols on intraradicular biofilms
  • Matthew Garrett (Bristol Dental Hospital)
  • Survival characteristics of 1000 resin-retained bridges provided at a University teaching hospital
  • Adam Jones (School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield)
  • Regulation of epithelial cell behaviour by ADAM-integrin interactions
  • Jose Rodriguez (Kings College London Dental Institute)
  • The measurements of tooth wear in general dental practice

FDS-BASCD Small Grants


  • Sally Weston-Price (Queen Mary University London)
  • A mixed methods study exploring the factors that could improve the effectiveness of oral health advice and support delivered by health visitors to families to prevent childhood dental caries
  • Mary Wilson (Public Health Wales)
  • Acceptability of health visitors to implement lift the lip: a screening tool for childhood dental decay


  • Emma Pacey (University College London)
  • A qualitative study to investigate the acceptability of providing family-centered advice and support to reduce young children’s sugar intake in children’s centres in deprived communities in Southend-on-Sea.
  • Heather Raison (Department of Health Services)
  • Cross sectional survey to investigate automaticity of oral health behaviours, including tooth brushing, interdental cleaning and preventive dental attendance.

FDS-BSPD Small Grants


  • Reham Alharatani (King's College London)
  • Genetic associations between oral clefting and dental anomalies in children and their families
  • Suneeta Prasad (University of Sheffield)
  • An assessment of parental and child preference for the format of receiving preparatory information for the child’s dental general anaesthetic

FDS 70th Anniversary Special Research Fellowship


mohammad sharif

  • Mohammad Owaise Sharif (Eastman Dental Institute, University College London)
  • Personalised provision of orthodontic treatment information in the digital age

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