Oral Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery (OAMS)

Research Overview

The Oral Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery (OAMS) section combines diverse, yet inter-related specialties. The section has strong research activities in Oral Anatomy, Oral Medicine and Pathology, Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery, Oral Histology, Oral Radiology and Forensic Odontology. Research is conducted both nationally and internationally by a multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified staff and post-graduate students. It is supported by funding from the NHMRC, ARC and industry.

OAMS researchers use state-of-the-art research facilities such as the FIORE scanner.


Oral Anatomy and Forensic Odontology

  • Computer assisted 3D morphometrics of human cranio-facial anomalies
  • Computer assisted 3D morphometrics for human identification.
  • Lip prints as a genetically inherited feature.
  • Studies of biological hard tissue, in particular bone

The research work with bone has included the measurement of morphological, mechanical and histomorphometric parameters and the development of image processing methods for the automatic measurement of histological features.
Contact: Prof John Clement

  • The application of computer methods to the modeling of faces.
  • Human bite-marks
  • Archaeology from a facial and dental perspective.

Oral Medicine

  • Oral mucosal disorders

Research on oral mucosal disorders includes oral lichen planus, oral candidosis, recurrent aphthous stomatitis, xerostomia and leukoplakia. Associated laboratory research is being undertaken to investigate parameters of clinical relevance.
Contact: Prof Michael McCullough

Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery

Research in

  • oral cancer
  • facial deformity
  • dental and medical education and information technology.

Oral Radiology

Research in oral radiology involves using Phase Contrast Radiography as an imaging modality for the demonstration of obscure anatomic regions in human and non-human specimens.

Radiology is also used in research of the chronology of odontogenesis, dental development in the neonate and infant (1, 2) and changes in facial morphology throughout childhood & adolescence as determined using 3-D imaging techniques.


Professor Michael McCullough
A/Prof Mina Borromeo, Senior Lecturer and Convener of Special Needs Dentistry
A/Prof Nicola Cirillo, Senior Lecturer
A/Prof Dragan Grubor, Senior Lecturer
A/Prof Nigel Wreford, Senior Lecturer
Dr Rita Hardiman, Lecturer

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Oral Infection and Immunity, Forensic Bone Biology, Dental Materials

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Head of Laboratory Professor John Clement

Department / Centre

Melbourne Dental School

Unit / Centre

Oral Anatomy, Medicine and Surgery (OAMS)

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