Research Groups

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia’s largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings.

Darby Group

Head of Section, Professor Ivan Darby

Ivan’s group focuses on periodontology and surgical implant dentistry, particularly in relation to improved clinical understanding and treatment outcomes.

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Dental Anthropology Group

Head of Section, Dr Rita Hardiman

The Dental Anthropology Group is interested in the effects of life events and population ancestry on teeth and the craniofacial skeleton.

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Melbourne Femur Research Collection Group

Head of Section, Dr Rita Hardiman

The Melbourne Femur Research Collection group focuses on research in bone biology from a medical, fundamental science and anthropological perspective.

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Oral Inflammation & Innate Immunity Group

Head of Section, Professor Glen Scholz

Our group’s major objective is to understand how host‒microbe homeostasis in the oral cavity is maintained. This is important because the disruption of homeostasis causes various oral inflammatory diseases (e.g. periodontitis) as well as exacerbates systemic inflammatory diseases.

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The Oral Microbiology and Microbiome Group

Head of Section, Professor Stuart Dashper

We use systems biology approaches to determine the causes of chronic human diseases and conditions that involve oral microorganisms.

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