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Prof Susan Higham BSc, PhD, CBiol, MSB

Professor of Oral Biology Health Services Research


Personal Statement

Following a background in microbiology and biochemistry, Sue joined the Cariology Group at the University of Liverpool in 1983. In 1986 she was awarded her PhD from the University of Liverpool for her studies in the relationships between pH, carbohydrate and nitrogen metabolism in human dental plaque under the supervision of Professor W M Edgar. A year later she received Chartered Biologist status and Membership of the Institute of Biology. She was appointed as a Research Fellow in Professor Edgar's laboratories in the Department of CLinical Dental Sciences at The University of Liverpool in 1987 where she continued her research on dental plaque metabolism. In 1991 she took up a position as Lecturer in Oral Biology and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and then to a Professor of Oral Biology in 2003.

Professor Higham has supervised over 40 Postgraduate students and has published over 350 book chapters, peer reviewed papers and abstracts.

Personal Distinctions

  • 50th Anniversary of Sensodyne (Invitation to Perform, GSK 2011)
  • Dental Research Summit meeting (Invitation to Perform, BSDR 2010)
  • Elected President of 3rd International Conference on QLF (ICQ 2010)
  • Fixed and removable in situ models for dental research (Invitation to Speak, GSK, Weybridge, UK 2010)
  • Medical Futures Innovation Commendation (Medical Futures 2008)
  • TC White Memorial Lecture (Keynote Speech, Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow 2008)
  • 2nd International Conference on QLF (Invitation to Speak, ACTA 2008)
  • Applications of QLF in clinical dentistry (Invitation to Speak, Association of Consultants and Specialists in Restorative Dentistry 2008)
  • Bright lights for 08 (Keynote Speech, British Society for Paediatric Dentistry 2008)

Administrative Roles

  • Director of Research until 2009
  • Head of Academic Unit of Plaque Related Diseases
  • Committee Membership

  • BDS Elective Committee
  • Dental School Progress Committee
  • Dental School Research Strategy Group
  • Faculty of Medicine Library Committee
  • BDS OSM Curriculum Management Group

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