Paul T. Sharpe
Professor Paul Sharpe is the Dickinson Professor of Craniofacial Biology and Director of Research at the Dental Institute, Kings College London. He graduated with a degree in Biology from York University (1977) and a PhD in Biochemistry from Sheffield University (1981). He became lecturer in molecular embryology at the University of Manchester in 1987 and following promotion to Reader in 1991 he was recruited to his present Chair at the Dental Institute where he established a new basic research department, the Department of Craniofacial Development. He has published in excess of 200 research papers and supervised over 30 PhD students. In 2001 having obtained seed funding to develop stem cell based approaches for tooth renewal, he founded a university spin-out company, Odontis, that has recently raised its second round of funding. He basic research work continues to explore the genetic interactions that control tooth development. In 2004 he was awarded the Craniofacial Biology Research Award by the International Association for Dental Research in recognition of his contribution to the understanding of how teeth develop and in 2006 his paper “Stem cell-based tissue engineering of teeth” received the William J Gies award for best publication is Biomaterials and Bioengineering from the same organisation.
Biography Updated on 27 January 2011