Staff in the School

Dr Rachel Sammons

Dr Rachel Sammons

Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead BMedSc (Biomedical Materials Science)

School of Dentistry

Rachel Sammons is the Programme Lead for the BMedSc(Biomedical Materials Science) programme. She is also First Year Tutor and Examinations Officer for this Programme.

Rachel Sammons research interests focus on surface interactions between mammalian cells and bacteria and biomaterials – especially titanium and hydroxyapatite, for bone repair and the prevention of infection.

Mr Peter Sands

Mr Peter Sands

Clinical Lecturer

School of Dentistry

Peter is a part time clinical lecturer involved in the Masters in Advanced General Dental Practice. In addition to his academic and teaching roles, he runs a small General Dental Practice in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

He is a member of the PREP panel, and is actively involved in practice based research.

Dr Ben Scheven

Dr Ben Scheven

Senior Lecturer in Oral Cell Biology

School of Dentistry

 Dr Ben Scheven has an established track record in the cell biology of hard tissues and mesenchymal stem cells. Before he was appointed lecturer at the University of Birmingham, Dr Scheven worked as a research scientist at different institutions in the Netherlands and the UK. His previous research focused on various aspects of bone cell biology and bone growth and metabolism in development ...

Mr Praveen Sharma

Mr Praveen Sharma

NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Lecturer

School of Dentistry

Mr Sharma is a full time NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Birmingham’s School of Dentistry.

His current research interests include investigating the impact of periodontal (gum) disease on the general health of patients with chronic kidney disease.

Praveen provides teaching in the form of lectures to undergraduate dental, ...

Dr Richard Shelton

Dr Richard Shelton

Senior Lecturer and Head of Biomaterials Unit

School of Dentistry

Dick Shelton is Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials and Head of the Biomaterials Unit.

He has published over 60 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews and a book chapter in the areas of bone biomaterials, tissue engineering and application of hydrogels. 

He has received grants from EPSRC, BBSRC and the Wellcome Trust and the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research.