UCL Eastman Dental Institute seeks to improve and make a positive impact upon oral and systemic health through innovative and high-quality research.  The Institute has a global reputation in its three key areas of interest – Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Clinical Research, and Microbial Diseases.

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Recent news

22 June 2016: We are delighted to announce the beginning of a new series of monthly presentations by our doctoral research students, open to everyone at UCL. These events provide an opportunity to showcase work, receive constructive feedback and practice presentation skills. View the schedule

12 May 2016: Our inaugural PhD Research Symposium was a wonderful showcase of our student's work. Find out more>>

Research programmes

Alongside its range of taught degree programmes (which include the research-based Paediatric Dentistry DDent) the Institute offers two types of PhD programme:

A range of projects suitable for study are available.

Research departments

Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

Clinical Research

Microbial Diseases

More information

Poster gallery

A selection of research posters, created by staff and students, that have been exhibited at conferences internationally.

Lunchtime seminars

During term-time, the Institute hosts a series of weekly lunchtime lectures, with guest speakers from around the world as well as the Institute's own PhD students speaking on a variety of topics.

Research excellence

In addition to receiving successive high rankings in UK Government research assessments, the Institute is:

  • One of only three dental schools in the UK to be part of an Academic Health Science Centre.
  • One of only two to have an oral health theme funded by the Department of Health through a Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre.


Staff have sustained research income from the major research councils (incl. EPSRC, MRC, NIHR,) charities (incl. Wellcome, ARUK and BHF) and industry.

Knowledge transfer

The Institute's staff  academics actively engage with external organisations and use their expertise and knowledge to benefit businesses and the community.

The Institute's research findings have influenced the development of government policy and health care guidelines.

Patents resulting from the Institute's research have been commercially utilised by a number of companies, including:

  • Integration Diagnostics
  • MedMat Innovation
  • Ondine Biomedical Inc
  • Ozics AG

Public patient involvement

Patients and the public are actively involved in our clinically relevant research, via:

  • A funded Public Patient Involvement Scheme.
  • Focus groups allied to relevant studies.
  • Close advisory ties to patient-led organisations in the UK.


The Institute's work has been published in Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as well as all the top specialist journals allied to oral health and related subjects.

Search the UCL Discovery publications database