John Clement

Deputy Head of School

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Prof. John G Clement


Prof. John G Clement, Deputy Head of School
Prof. John G Clement, Deputy Head of School

Telephone: + 61 3 9341 1485

Fax: +61 3 9341 1594



  • BDS Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University College Hospital Dental School, University of London, UK September 1968 – December 1972
  • LDS RCS Licentiate of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons England 1973
  • Dip For Odont Diploma in Forensic Odontology, London Hospital Medical College, University of London – 1985
  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy, University of London – 1986 (Board of Studies: Human Anatomy and Morphology)


  • June 2015 - Deputy Head of School
  • 1999 - Professor and Inaugural Chair of Forensic Odontology
    The University of Melbourne
  • 1994 – 1999 Associate Professor, Melbourne Dental School,
    The University of Melbourne
  • 1989 – 1993 Senior Lecturer in Oral Anatomy,
    The University of Melbourne
  • 1984 – 1988 Lecturer in Dental Anatomy and Forensic Odontology, London Hospital Medical College, UK
  • 1977 – 1984 Lecturer in Dental Anatomy and Histology,
    London Hospital Medical College, UK
  • 1973 – 1977 Junior Lecturer in Dental Anatomy,
    London Hospital Medical College, UK


  • Forensic Odontology
  • Human Rights and Human Rights Abuses
  • Human Identification
  • Anthropology
  • Comparative Dental Anatomy
  • Mass Disaster Victim Identification.


  • The study of age and sex related changes to the human skeleton
  • Quantification of human facial shape and form
  • Identification from surveillance video
  • Cheiloscopy (study of lip prints)



  • Arhatari B, Cooper DML, Thomas CD, Clement JG & Peele AG. 2011. Imaging the 3D structure of secondary osteons in human cortical bone using phase-retrieval tomography. Physics in Medicine and Biology. 56: 5265-5274.
  • Beckett S, Rogers K & Clement J. 2011. Inter-Species Variation in Bone Mineral Behavior upon Heating. Journal of Forensic Sciences. 56 (3): 571-579.
  • Borromeo GL, Brand C, Clement J, McCullough M, Thomson WJ, Flitzanis E & Wark JD. 2011. Is bisphosphonate therapy for benign bone disease associated with impaired dental healing? A case-controlled study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 12: (1) 71-80.   .
  • Claes PD, Walters M, Vandermeulen D & Clement JG. 2011. Spatially-dense 3D facial asymmetry assessment in both typical and disordered growth. Journal of Anatomy. 219: 444-455.
  • Clement JGC. 2011. Bite marks.  Current Practice in Forensic Medicine.West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, pp. 291-308.
  • Cooper D, Erickson B, Peele A, Hannah K, Thomas CD & Clement JG. 2011. Visualization of 3D osteon morphology by synchrotron radiation micro-CT. Journal of Anatomy. 219:   481-489.
  • Cooper D, Thomas CD & Clement JG. 2011. Technological Developments in the Analysis of Cortical Bone Histology: The Third Dimension and Its Potential in Anthropology.  Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective.Boca Raton, United States: Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 361-375.
  • Donaldson F, Pankaj P, Cooper D, Thomas CD, Clement J & Simpson A. 2011. Relating age and micro-architecture with apparent-level elastic constants: a micro-finite element study of female cortical bone from the anterior femoral midshaft. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine. 225 (H6): 585-596.
  • Hill H, Claes PDC, Corcoran M, Walters M, Johnston A & Clement JGC. 2011. How different is different? Criterion and sensitivity in face-space. Frontiers in Psychology. 2: 41.
  • Thomas CD, Claes PD, Shaweesh A & Clement JG. 2011. Three-dimensional Facial Shape Archetypes for Identification and Diagnosis.  Biological Shape Analysis: Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium.Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co , pp. 131-144 .
  • Thomas CDT & Clement JGC. 2011. The Melbourne Femur Collection: How a forensic and anthropological collection came to have broader applications.  Bone Histology: An Anthropological Perspective.Boca Raton, United States: Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 327-339.
  • Wei R, Claes P, Walters, Wholley  & Clement J. 2011. Augmentation of linear facial anthropometrics through modern morphometrics: a facial convexity example. Australian Dental Journal. 56: 141-147.


  • Claes P, Daniels K, Walters M, Clement JG, Vandermeulen D & Suetens P. 2012. Dysmorphometrics: the modelling of morphological abnormalities. Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling. 9 (5): 1-28.
  • Claes PD, Walters M & Clement JG. 2012. Improved Facial Outcome Assessment Using a 3D Anthropometric Mask. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 41: 324-330.
  • Claes P, Walters M, Shriver M, Puts D, Gibson G, Clement JG, Baynam G, Verbeke G, Vandermeulen D & Suetens P. 2012. Sexual dimorphism in multiple aspects of 3D facial symmetry and asymmetry defined by spatially dense geometric morphometrics. Journal of Anatomy. 221: 97-114.
  • Greenwood C, Rogers K, Beckett S & Clement JG. 2012. Bone mineral crystallisation kinetics. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 23: (9) 2055-2060.
  • Vandermeulen D, Claes P, De Greef S, Willems G, Clement JG & Suetens P. 2012. Automated facial reconstruction.  Craniofacial Identification.New York, United States: Cambridge University Press, pp. 203-221.
  • Walters M, Claes P, Kakulas E & Clement JG. 2012. Robust and regional 3D facial asymmetry assessment in hemimandibular hyperplasia and hemimandibular elongation anomalies. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Published on-line as Corrected proofs of article in press.


  • ARC - Computer assisted 3D morphometrics for human identification - 201.5K
  • ARC LEIF Grant - Peripheral quantitative computer tomography facility for analysing bone material properties - 177.9K
  • EPSRC - A laboratory based analytical method to determine ‘age at death’ for forensic purposes using human bone - £127,693 (in UK)



  • Collaboration with the UK’s Medical Research Council’s bone research unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
  • Professor Clement continues to strengthen research links with Professor Kenzo Kawasaki’s research team at Tsurumi University School of Dental Medicine in Yokohama, Japan, and the National Research Institute of Police Science in Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan and the ongoing collaborations with Professor Robert Hedges of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, UK. (Professor Hedges is the head of the Radiocarbon Accelerator unit of that department and wishes to study isotopic changes in carbon content of collagen in bone for persons exposed to fall-out from atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. This can be used to quantify rates of bone turnover).
  • Continuous links with Dr Haviva Goldman (Drexel University) and Dr Timothy Bromage in Bone Biology in the USA.
  • Strong research links with Dr Peter Zioupos who is a Senior Lecturer for the Materials & Medical Sciences Department of Cranfield University, UK.
  • New research links have also been successfully established with Dave Cooper, a PhD student of the Interdisciplinary PhD program, Department of Archaeology and Medical Science at the University of Calgary, Canada to whom we have loaned material for his studies using high-resolution micro-CT techniques to investigate bone vascularity.


  • Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society of London 1984 - present.
  • Member of the Australian Dental Association 1989 – present.
  • Chairperson of the ADA Victorian Forensic Committee 1991 - present.
  • Member Medico-Legal Society of Victoria 1996-present.
  • Member of Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (Victorian Branch) 1989 - present.
  • Associate Member of the Association of Police Surgeons of Great Britain 1986 - present.
  • Member of State (Victoria) Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Committee 1991 - present.
  • Member of State DVI computer Sub-Committee with responsibility for developing computerisation for data management structures to cope with aftermath of major disaster.
  • Member of National (Australia) Disaster Victim Identification Committee 1996-present
  • Member of National Disaster Victim Identification Sub-Committee with special responsibility to develop computer systems for data management.
  • Member of Area Medical Co-ordinators DISPLAN Group 1990 - present.
  • Member of the Australian Society of Forensic Dentistry 1989-present. (Vice President 1990-1995. President 1995-1997. Committee member 1997-present).
  • Member of the British Association for Forensic Odontology (BAFO) 1980 – present. President 1986-1988.
  • Member of International Association for Cranio-Facial Identification 1990-1997. Committee member 1992-1997. Treasurer 1994-1997.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine.
  • Member of American Society of Forensic Odontology 2004.
  • Member of Royal Children's Hospital Cranio-Facial Biology Research Group.


  • Forensic Odontology
  • Oral Anatomy
  • Diagnostic Imaging


  • Head of The Centre for Human Identification - VIFM.
  • Numerous lectures to professional groups.
  • Member of the Professional Development Committee for the ADA.
  • Professor John Clement continues as consultant to the Crime Department, Intelligence Data Centre, Behavioural Analysis Unit of the Victoria Police.
  • Member of the Medico-Legal Society of Victoria.