High national ERA rankings and more than twenty active researchers

Our research goals:

  • make significant improvements in the oral and general health of the public, and enhance the quality of life of individuals and communities through improved knowledge of disease aetiology, prevention, management and delivery mechanisms
  • enhance the quality, relevance and satisfaction of the educational experience for our staff and students and develop education initiatives that can be transported nationally and internationally
  • contribute to the research culture across the University, and the professions in the wider practicing community
  • become a recognised first port of call for industrial partners seeking research collaborations to advance health care and oral sciences.

Steps for future research students

First step: If you are interested in a higher research degree (MPhil/PhD), please visit the Griffith Graduate Research School (below)

Second step: Please identify your area of research (below) and contact the respective research lead (below) by clicking the name with the following:

  • your full name
  • your full CV (including details on your scientific publications)
  • your ‘referees’ (minimum three referees)
  • your credentials (certificates)
  • 1000 words A4 page information on your topic of interest and why you want to pursue a HDR
  • your contact details
  • your referees (three) and contact details.


This group has created a comprehensive database of demography, psychosocial profile, knowledge attitudes and behaviour toward a range of health and social issues for all its student cohorts.

This is an essential baseline against which to measure learning and teaching trends over time and the impact of their educational experiences.


Orofacial diseases and head and neck cancers are of significant research interest within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland’s Understanding Chronic Conditions group. The different aspects we study are of epidemiological, molecular, genetic and microbiome and cancer, not limited to head and neck but gastrointestinal cancers. This group has leaders in the field of supportive care in cancer, especially mucositis research and photobiomodulation. The other major area of interest is in genetics of facial pain.


This highly expert group with skills ranging from cell and tissue biology, computing and engineering science, microbiology, surgical expertise and clinical trials are working in collaboration with various national and international collaborators on novel approaches to the regeneration and reconstruction of oro-dental and craniofacial tissues.


This group is investigating various aspects of dental and oral microbial diseases including the understanding of the host response in periodontal infections through identification of relevant microbial antigens in cases and controls, evaluating vaccines with potential to prevent oral fungal infections, the molecular basis of endodontic disease, and development of antimicrobial peptides to manage dental infection.


This research group has existing projects with local communities and in collaboration with Queensland Health is dealing with oral health promotion,rural and remote oral health needs and the barriers to care.

HDR Convenor

Contact Associate Professor Raj Nair, School of Dentistry and Oral Health Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Convenor.