Professor David Wood

Professor David Wood


I am the School of Dentistry's Director of Research and Innovation (2015-), Professor of Dental Materials (2004-),  and the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Theme Lead (2008-). My first academic appointment was at King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry (1992-1995) before coming to Leeds as a junior lecturer in 1995.

I have had various other roles at School, Faculty and University level, including:

School: Deputy (2012-2014)  and Chair (2014-2015) of the Dental Reseach Ethics Committee. Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer (2009-2011)

Faculty: Faculty International Lead, Faculty of Medicine and Health (2011-2014)     

University: Member of the International Group and Academic Lead for the Japan Regional Working Group, University of Leeds (2011-2014)

I gained BSc Honours (2i) Materials Science from Thames Polytechnic in 1988 and a PhD in Biomaterials Science from the University of Greenwich in 1993, under a CASE Award from the Laboratory of the Government Chemist working on a project taking a glass-ceramic approach to controlling the properties of glass ionomer cements.


  • Director of Research and Innovation
  • Head of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Theme

Research interests

Research areas are in the broad areas of:

Natural polymer hydrogels and fibrous materials for medical and dental applications, including wound dressings, guided bone regeneration membranes and 'smart' vehicles for diagnosis and treatment

Glass-ceramics as bioactive porous scaffolds for hard tissue repair and regeneration

Selected areas in Dental Materials, including the characterisation of conventional and translucent zirconia and zirconia implant materials, the development and characterisation of novel dental composites, and characterisation of materials for endodontics. This is coupled with an interest in materials and processes in the digital workflow.


  • PhD in Biomaterials Science
  • BSc Hons (2.1) Materials Science

Professional memberships

  • IADR

Student education

I teach in the broad area of dental materials at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Research groups and institutes

  • Biomaterials and tissue engineering
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