At the Institute of Dentistry, we offer degrees under the supervision of experts in the fields of head and neck cancer, microbial diseases, population oral health and pedagogic innovation.

Oral health is an integral element of general health and well-being. Oral diseases are among the most prevalent diseases in humans and claim a heavy toll in terms of morbidity and mortality. At the Institute of Dentistry we are carrying out research projects aimed at further understanding of the etiopathogenesis of oral diseases and to develop innovative preventive and therapeutic strategies.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MRes or PhD

Our Research

There are currently four main research themes within the Institute of Dentistry that build on areas of current research excellence. Our researchers and their collaborators are already making impact on the local, national and international stage. Each theme builds upon interdisciplinary research and addresses key societal questions.

Research Interests

Head and Neck Cancer

  • Digital pathology for the classification and grading of oral lesions

The aim of this research area is to develop reproducible and objective descriptors of different morphological features of oral lesions both at the tissue and cellular levels.

Contact: Dr Rasha Abu Eid

  • Head and neck cancer immunology

Our research aims at identifying different modulators of the tumour microenvironment to enhance the anti-tumour immune response in the context of cancer immunotherapy.

Contact: Dr Rasha Abu Eid

Head and Neck Cancer

Microbial Diseases

Prevention of HIV transmission

Our group works on i) discovery and testing of new inhibitors with increased potency and barriers to viral resistance, ii) optimisation of formulations of anti-retroviral drug-based microbicides.

Contact: Dr Karolin Hijazi

Oral Mucosal Inflammatory Disease

Our group investigate the role of microbiota and innate immune response in pathogenesis of oral mucosal inflammatory diseases.

Contact: Dr Karolin Hijazi

Antimicrobial resistance

This area brings together clinicians and scientists to inform the design of measures to control resistance of bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections. The selection pressures for antimicrobial resistance as well as the dynamics of transmission of antimicrobial resistance at the genetic level are investigated.

Contact: Dr Karolin Hijazi

Microbial Diseases

Population Oral Health

Periodontal disease and systemic health

In collaboration with the Institute of Applied Health Science (IAHS), we are exploring links between periodontal disease and systemic health with the long-term goal of developing oral health-based interventions to prevent and/or control the course of disease.

Contact: Dr George Cherukara

Oral health in priority groups

Our group works on improving the oral health and well-being of the priority groups (e.g. older adults, homeless people) in collaboration with national and local partners.

Contact: Dr Ekta Gupta

Population Oral Health

Pedagogic Innovation

This research area focuses on development of curricula, effect of environmental factors on student performance and professionalism, quality assurance in dental education, and the development of effective assessment tools.

For more information please contact Professor Jaya Jayasinghe.

Pedagogic Innovation

Entry Requirements

  • Undergraduate qualification in a relevant course (1st)
  • Masters degree in a relevant area of study


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

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