Professor Jaya Jayasinghe

Professor Jaya Jayasinghe
Professor Jaya Jayasinghe
Professor Jaya Jayasinghe


Chair in Oral Sciences

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 550145
Office Address

A115. Argyll House, 

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, Institute of Dentistry

University of Aberdeen, Cornhill Road, Foresterhill,

Aberdeen AB25 2ZR, Scotland, UK.

+44 01224 550145

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


Professor Jayasinghe holds the Chair in Oral Sciences and is the Associate Director for Medical and Dental Sciences at the Institute of Dentistry.

After graduation as a Dentist from the University of Peradeniya, Srilanka and after a short spell in clinical practice, he joined the Anatomy faculty of the Medical School. He was trained as a Clinical Anatomist and subsequently completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the University College London. After returning to Srilanka he continued his academic career in four Medical Schools and received a merit promotion to a Professorship at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Srilanka. During this period, he spent 2 sabbatical years at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and held several research fellowships in Japan, USA, UK, and UAE. He returned to the UK in 2003 as the Lead Anatomist for Medical and Biomedical courses at the St. George’s, University of London. In 2008 he was recruited as the first academic staff member for the newly established Graduate Entry Dental School of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Professor Jayasinghe has extensive experience in curriculum development, assessment, standard setting techniques, developing and leading teaching modules and new courses. He was involved in establishing two new medical and two dental schools and has experience in varieties of teaching/learning modalities and curricula, including that promote student-cantered learning. He also functioned as Head of Anatomy in 2 Medical schools and held various senior administrative positions during his 40 years of academic career. He has been a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College Surgeons of England since 2006 and regularly examines MRCS in local and overseas centres. He is also involved in organizing and running several postgraduate teaching programmes and has been an external examiner to 10 local and overseas Medical and Dental Schools for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Member, Senatus Academicus, University of Aberdeen.

Associate Director for Medical and Dental Sciences.

Chair, Curriculum Management Committee - Review and management of curricula of Dentistry, Dental Technology and Dental Nursing programmes.

Academic Lead, Applied Medical Sciences theme - Responsible for organization and teaching delivery of Applied Medical Sciences.

Research Theme Lead, Pedagogical Innovation in Dentistry.

External Memberships

Member of the Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons of England (Since 2006)

External Examining:

Current - St. George's, University of London and the University of Birmingham.

Completed - University College London, York and Hull Medical School, Queen's University Belfast.















































































Research Overview

Current Research Interests.

Pedagogical research on Curriculum development, Assessments, Standard Setting and innovative teaching methods.

Aetiology and biomarkers for Head and Neck Cancer

Surgical Anatomy – Recent projects include

                Anterior surgical approaches for cervical radiculopathy

                Comparison of superficial parotidectomy with extracapsular dissection

                Surgical treatment for trigeminal neuralgia

                Incidence of Frey’s syndrome after salivary gland surgery

                Non-metric traits in human skull and their relationship to skull base surgery

Biomedical honours project supervision

Recently completed projects

  1. Comparison of Microvascular Decompression and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery for the Surgical Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia
  2. Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia - Review of the different pharmacological strategies compared to microvascular decompression in the long-term treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia
  3. Comparison of Two Age Estimation Techniques in Adults Using Dental Radiographs
  4. Incidence of Calcified Interclinoid Ligaments and Carotico-clinoid Foramen in Adult Skulls and Their Clinical Implications
  5. Patient reported incidence of gustatory sweating after parotidectomy.
  6. The Identification of the Posterior Deep Temporal nerve Groove in skulls of a Scottish Population

PhD Students

Prarthna Clare

Nadisha Piyarathne

Funding and Grants

Recent Research Grants

a) University of Aberdeen Global Challenge Research Fund Internal Pump Priming Fund: “Geographical Information Systems for mapping oral cancer incidence and high risk behaviours in Sri Lanka”. (2019). Value £10,000.

b) Grant for Research Pilot Studies from Friends of ANCHOR: “Morphological and Immunological Characterization of HPV Positive Head and Neck Cancer and Precancer”. RS17007. Duration: 24 months (2017-2019). Value: £9,719.00.

c) University of Aberdeen internal research funding schemes, INVESTMENT IN SCHOOL PIs: “Biomarkers in high risk oral cancer patients: working with Sri Lanka towards innovation in prevention, diagnosis and prognosis”. (2019). Value: £4,363


Teaching Responsibilities

Organization, teaching, and assessment of Applied Anatomy, Developmental Biology, and Histology.



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  • Diagnostic salivary biomarkers in oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders and their relationships to risk factors ?: A systematic review

    Piyarathne, N. S., Rasnayake, R., Angammana, R., Chandrasekera, P., Ramachandra, S., Weerasekera, M., Yasawardene, S., Abu Eid, R., Jayasinghe, J., Gupta, E.
    Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics, vol. 21, no. 8, pp. 789-807
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Morphological Assessment of Collagen IV expression in Oral Cancer and Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders: A pilot study

    Clare, P. M., Nellany, K., Chapman, A., Jayasinghe, J., Abu Eid, R.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • A core curriculum in the biological and biomedical sciences for dentistry

    Bennett, J. H., Beeley, J. A., Anderson, P., Belfield, L., Brand, H. S., Didilescu, A. C., Dymock, D., Guven, Y., Hector, M. P., Holbrook, P., Jayasinghe, J. A. P., O'Sullivan, J., Riggio, M., Roger-Leroi, V., Scheven, B., Sloan, A. J., Vandamme, K., Manzanares, M.
    European Journal of Dental Education, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 433-441
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Superficial parotidectomy versus extracapsular dissection: literature review and search for a gold standard technique

    Martin, H., Jayasinghe, J., Lowe, T.
    International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 192-199
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Systematic review on the incidence of bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaw in children diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta

    Hennedige, A. A., Jayasinghe, J., Khajeh, J., MacFarlane, T.
    Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Research, vol. 4, no. 4, e1
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Self-directed study and carving tooth models for learning tooth morphology: perceptions of students at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland

    Abu Eid, R., Ewan, K., Foley, J., Oweis, Y., Jayasinghe, J.
    Journal of Dental Education, vol. 77, no. 9, pp. 1147-1153
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Tooth carving as an adjunct to learning tooth morphology: Students’ perception

    Abu Eid, R., Ewan, K., Foley, J., Jayasinghe, J. A. P.
    Association for Dental Education in Europe (2011), pp. 119-130
    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts
  • Association between Graduate Entry Dental Students’ Performance in Objective Structured Practical Examination and their First Degrees

    Jayasinghe, J. A. P., Abu Eid, R.
    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions
  • Students’ perception of tooth morphology teaching in a graduate-entry dental course

    Abu Eid, R., Jayasinghe, J. A. P.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
  • Inter-examiner agreement in the assessment of tooth carving:: a pilot study

    Abu Eid, R., Ewan, K., Jayasinghe, J. A. P.
    Contributions to Conferences: Other Contributions
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