Dr Mohammad Islam

Technical Supervisor

Dentistry, School of Dentistry

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Dr Mohammad Islam graduated in from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2005 with an honours degree in Pharmacy.  He then started working as a Production Officer in Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Dhaka.  He moved in the UK for his Masters course in the Abertay University, Dundee and was awarded MSc degree in Biotechnology in 2008.  He then studied for a PhD in Oral Cancer Biology at the Dundee Dental School, University of Dundee under the supervision of Dr. Ian R Ellis and Dr. Sarah J Jones and was graduated in 2015.  During his PhD, Mohammad published a number of research papers and attended in various national and international conferences to present his work.  He worked in the Dental School as a lecturer from July 2016 until August 2018.  He is a trained mental health first aider and university harassment adviser.


Mohammad’s research interests fall into three main categories: oral cancer, biomaterials and craniofacial abnormalities. Mohammad’s specific research interest focused on elucidating the role of cell signalling pathways in oral cancer metastasis and palatogenesis and biocompatibility & tissue regeneration.

He is also working on developing 3D in vitro model of palatal shelves by co-culturing method.

He is currently involved in a number of Summer intern, MSc and PhD projects.

Current projects:

  1. Role of cancer associated fibroblasts in oral cancer metastasis
  2. Characterisation of alternative bone graft materials for cleft palate repair
  3. Collagen type I as an inducer of fibroblasts attachment to different dental restorative cements and the consequences on biocompatibility and physical properties
  4. Developing a 3D spheroid model of the palatal shelves and investigating the downstream signalling mechanism of TGFβ3-induced palatal medial edge seam disintegration.
  5. Role of TGFβ1-induced signalling pathways in oral cancer cell migration
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Mohammad is currently involved in demonstrating laboratory practical and teaching research students the use of various scientific techniques.