Eastman Dental Institute



Much of our research is focused upon preventing, diagnosing and treating common oral disorders such as childhood dental decay, gum disease and oral cancer. However, our postgraduates and staff are also engaged in research that is expected to have a wider impact on collective public health, such as antibiotic resistance, bone repair and soft-tissue reconstruction.

We also conduct industry-sponsored and other clinical trials in our Eastman Clinical Investigation Centre (ECIC) and engage with elite athletes via our Centre for Oral Health and Performance.

As part of UCL, students and staff have the opportunity to work with some of the greatest intellects in the world, access state-of-the-art facilities and collaborate with colleagues across multiple fields and disciplines.

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Clinical Research

Improving the systemic and oral health of patients through the innovative development and testing of novel treatments, therapies, diagnostics and smart materials.

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Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

Developing materials for hard and soft tissue reconstruction; seeking to understand the processes involved with cellular interaction with a material's surface.

Microbial Disease

Microbial Diseases

Reducing the burden of infection through the development of novel antimicrobial strategies and improving human health by studying host-microbiome interactions.


Potential Students

Our postgraduates are engaged in cutting edge research - could you join them? We offer four types of degree programme for PhD students who can propose a project under multiple areas of interest. 


Current students

Current student research is organised under the UCL Eastman Centre for Postgraduate Research (ECPgR) which provides robust support, training and exposure for PhDs.

Research PhDs


Our research is highly collaborative with most projects involving interaction with external stakeholders in UCL, other global universities, businesses and industrial partners.

NIHR UCLH Biomedical Research Centre projects

Oral health and disease: teeth
In 2017 UCL Eastman Dental Hospital and Institute were awarded £2million in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The funding is part of the £111.5 million award won by the UCLH Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and is the first time that money has been allocated specifically to an Oral Health and Disease Theme. We have many exciting new research projects as a result of this funding.