Paul T. Sharpe
P. T. Sharpe is the Dickinson Professor of craniofacial biology and the Director of Research at the Dental Institute, King's College London, London, UK. He graduated with a degree in biology from York University (1977) and a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Sheffield University, UK (1981). He became a 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 Ph.D. 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. His 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 for 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 in biomaterials and bioengineering from the same organization.
Biography Updated on 18 February 2010