The School of Dentistry and Oral Health is research active with consistently high national ERA rankings and more than twenty active PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and senior research associates.
Our research goals:
- make significant improvements in the oral and general health of the public, and enhance the quality of life of local, Australian, regional and communities world-wide 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.
For Future Research Students (HDR)
Steps to follow
First step: If you are interested in a higher research degree (MPhil/PhD), please visit:
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 (MPhil/PhD)
- your contact details
- your referees (three) and contact details.
Area of Research/Core Research Groups
Dental Education Research
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 Cancer
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 group has close research ties with Gold Coast University Hospital and several international research centres.
Regenerative Dentistry and Biomaterials
Lead: Dr Stephen Hamlet
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.
Public Health Research
Lead: Professor Jeroen Kroon
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.
Oral Microbiology and Immunology
Lead: Professor Robert Love
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.
HDR Convenor: Associate Professor Raj Nair