Dr Jing Kang

Dr Jing Kang


Dr Jing Kang, PhD

Primary research theme: Statistics and Epidemiology

Jing Kang obtained BSc Honours in Mathematics from Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong in 2005 and a PhD in Computational Biology from Warwick University in 2010.

She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Babraham Institute, Cambridge from 2010-2011. She joined University of Leeds as Lecturer in Biostatistics at the School of Dentistry 2012-22, and Associate Professor in Medical Statistics/Biostatistics 2022-present. 

She is a regular speaker at national and international conferences and is a referee for several peer reviewed journals. She is actively applying for research grants, seeking for more research collaborations and has published several papers in high-profile peer-reviewed international journals. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is currently leading one postgraduate module, supervise and co-supervises postgraduate students.


Alzheimer’s Society (PI) 2021-2024 Investigating the link between oral health and cognitive decline using a Mendelian Randomization approach £83k

Leeds Hospital Charity (Co-I) 2020-21 MUScle Imaging in COVID-10 (The MUSIC study) £24k

UKRI Closing the Gap Kick Starter Fund (PI) 2019-2021 The causes and consequences of poor oral health in people with severe mental health difficulties: The mouth matters study. £10k

Colgate-Palmolive Company (Co-I) 2018-2021 Oral host microbe homeostasis:influencing the immunomodulatory and wound healing properties of the oral microbiome. £365k

Colgate-Palmolive UK Ltd Company (Co-I) 2015-2021 resident oral bacteria with momeostatic potential and their roles in health and disease. £350k

BSAC-British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (Co-I) 2017-2018 Validity of the Health Improvement Network (THIN) for the study of antibiotic prescriptions in chronic wound care. £14k

European Union (Co-I) 2015-19 ADVOCATE (Added Value for Oral Care) £1.7m

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Trust (Co-I) 2012-13 Regenerative endodontic technique for the management of immature permanent teeth with necrotic root canal systems

Current Postgraduate Research Degree Supervision

Chenyi Gao (PhD, 2021-24. Main supervisor). Investigating the link between oral health and cognitive decline using a Mendelian Randomization approach

Harriet Larvin (PhD, 2019-22. Co-supervisor). Investigating the association between periodontal disease and systemic disease

Laura Whitehouse (PhD, 2019-23 . Co-supervisor). Biomimetic scaffolds for pulp capping dentinogenesis

Leticia Garcia Montoya (PhD, 2019-25. Co-supervisor). Stratification of individuals at-risk of RA: from primary care to secondary care

Ioanna Palikaraki (Professional Doctorate, 2018-22. Co-supervisor). Effectiveness of experience of nitrous oxide/oxygen sedation at assessment on the dental anxiety of children progressing to treatment under inhalation sedation

Ahmed Albariqi (Professional Doctorate, 2016 - 20. Co-supervisor ), A study into the effectiveness of fluoridated milk in the prevention of dental erosion using an in vitro pH cycling.


  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
  • Statistical lead in Oral Biology
  • Module lead

Research interests

Statistical modelling of oral health and dental data

Association between oral health and comorbidity of other diseases

Experimental design and clinical trial design

Epidemiology and public health


  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Statistics
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Teaching Areas

Undergraduate teaching on clinical statistics and postgraduate teaching on research methods and statistics

Research groups and institutes

  • Microbiology and cell biology
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