Professor Jennifer Kirkham

Professor Jennifer Kirkham

Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry / Professor of Oral Biology / Basic Dental Sciences Research Group Lead

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Professor Jennifer Kirkham PhD

Primary research theme: Biomineralisation

Chair in Oral Biology, University of Leeds (1999)
PhD in Oral Biology, University of Leeds (1985)
BSc (Hons), University of Coventry (1980)

All appointments held at University of Leeds:

  • Interim Dean of the School of Dentistry (current since 2017)
  • EPSRC Translational Professor (current since 2010)
  • Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation, Faculty of Medicine & Health (2009-2014) 
  • Head of Oral Biology (1999 - ) 
  • Director of Research, Leeds School of Dentistry (2005-2009) 
  • Reader in Oral Biology (1997-1999) 
  • Senior Lecturer in Oral Biology (1995-1997) 
  • Lecturer in Oral Biology (1985-1994)

Jennifer Kirkham has >30 year’s experience in Dental Research, with particular emphasis on the role of extracellular matrices (ECM) in the control of crystal deposition and growth in the skeletal tissues, including the development of biomimetic materials. Her group’s work in Biomineralisation was rated “world leading” by the RAE2008 sub-panel. She also leads the stem cell research theme as  co-applicant in the £11.2m Wellcome-EPSRC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering  and is one of six Translational Professors in the £7.3m EPSRC-TSB Innovation Centre for Excellence in Medical Technologies. She secured funding totalling >£1m from the Wellcome Trust to establish the UK’s first ever dedicated state-of-the-art clinical translational research facility in Dentistry. She has also successfully supervised more than 25 PhD students to completion including Clinical Academics in Dentistry and Medicine.

She has published more than 150 research papers, holds/ has held grants from all of the major UK Research Councils and the EU and has a wide portfolio of awards from Industrial sponsors. Awards over the last 5y total >£26.5m. She is holds patents in the UK, Europe and the USA.  Internationally, she holds an affiliated Professorship at the Forsyth Center for Dental Research, Boston, USA and is an Honorary Professor at the Dental School, Nanjing University, PR China.

Jennifer Kirkham is a former President of the IADR  Mineralised Tissue Group. In the UK, she was a member of the HEFCE sub-Panel 10 (Dentistry) for the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and is a former president of the British Mineralised Tissue Group of the British Society for Dental Research. In 2009, she was appointed Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation for the Faculty of Medicine and Health.