The University Of Queensland School Of Dentistry produces quality dental and oral health research, contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge both locally and internationally.

Research within the School is focused on a number of themes, and crosses a range of areas from stem cell and tissue engineering and biological sciences through to technologies applied in clinical practice, dental public health and dental education.

Collectively, our staff and students work hard to ensure continuing success in research. These achievements have helped to provide effective solutions to contemporary challenges in dentistry and position the School as a global leader in dental and oral health research.

The School has a demonstrated long-standing history of quality research, rated ‘above world standard’ in 2010 and 2012 and ‘well-above world standard’ in 2015 by the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings. We encourage translational research, emphasizing the importance of research impact on patient outcomes, as well as healthcare policy and practice.

A summary of recent research activity in the School of Dentistry can be found in the 2017 Annual Research Report.


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Research Themes

Advanced Materials and Technologies

The Advanced Materials and Technologies research stream works across the interface between oral microbiology, cariology, dental materials science and advanced technologies to explore key topics of importance with an emphasis on the transition of research into clinical practice.

Research leaders within this stream have active collaborations within UQ (Chemical Engineering, Physics, TRI, AIBN, IMB) and collaborate with multiple Australian and overseas universities on projects of common interest. The research stream acts as a node of the CRC in Oral Health, undertaking research with industry partners, as well as commercially funded research.

Regenerative Dentistry

The Regenerative Dentistry research stream conducts a wide range of translational research in tissue engineering, stem cells and molecular biology aiming to replace, engineer or regenerate damaged tissues or organs, restoring normal functionality.
Biomedical approaches to tissue regeneration predominately involve the use of dental stem cells, controlled released nano-delivery systems for growth factors, electrospinning, 3D bio-printing and gene editing and reprogramming.
The research leaders within this stream collaborate extensively with national and international research partners on projects focused on the regeneration of bone, nerve, dental pulp and periodontal tissue.

Dental Public Health

The Dental Public Health research stream broadly conducts research to understand the epidemiology of health and oral ill-health; and improve and enhance the oral health of communities at a population level.