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New additions to Plymouth team

Three new members have been appointed to the research team at Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry has boosted its dental research portfolio with the appointment of three new members to its research team.

Dr Vehid Salih brings, from University College London, his wide experience in studying biomaterials for tissue regeneration and engineering. He has successfully supervised numerous dental MSc/MClinDent, DDent and PhD students teaching on a variety of other courses. He was also a programme leader for the Clinical Sciences and Research Methods course at the Eastman Dental.

Dr Salih has been responsible for grant income of over £1 million.

Dr Louise Belfield originally worked as a dental nurse at South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2001. She then undertook a BSc in Human Biosciences and continued to study oral immunology at Plymouth with a PhD. She is planning and delivering the new five-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree.

Dr Svetislav Zaric joins Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry from the University of Aberdeen, where he was a clinical lecturer. His particular interests lie in the chemical composition of Porphyromonas gingivalis LPS. His other interests are molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for tissue injury during inflammation and identification of therapeutic targets for resolution of inflammation.

Professor David Moles, director of postgraduate Dental Education and Research at Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, commented: ‘Vehid, Louise and Svetislav join an ever-growing dental research team here. Their skills, knowledge and expertise will further enhance our research portfolio. We are looking forward to working with them in developing new exciting research projects.’

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