Martin Ling is currently Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology) within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
Martin is researching the pathogenesis of periodontal disease following successful funding from the Oral and Dental Research Trust, British Society of Periodontology and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Martin also teaches undergraduate Dental and Dental Hygiene and Therapy students, and has obtained his Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Martin graduated with BDS Dentistry in 2004 from the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry.
Following graduation Martin completed Dental Vocational Training prior to working as Associate Dental Surgeon within Birmingham, followed by his appointment as Senior House Officer at Birmingham Dental Hospital in 2006.
In 2008 Martin was appointed as Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry (Periodontology) at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, and subsequently completed his Ph.D. investigating neutrophil function in the pathogenesis of chronic periodontitis. Martin has obtained research funding from several successful grant applications, and has presented his research both nationally and internationally winning the inaugural Dr John Zamet Memorial Prize in Periodontal Research from the Alpha Omega London Chapter and Charitable Trust in 2012, and the Sir Wilfred Fish Research Prize awarded from the British Society of Periodontology in 2013.
Martin is involved in all aspects of teaching Dental and Dental Hygiene & Therapy students including lectures, small group teaching, clinical supervision and examination organising and marking. Martin is also an Examiner for the Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDF RCS.Eng) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Martin successfully obtained his Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2011.
Martin is actively researching the host inflammatory-immune response in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease. His specific research areas of interest include neutrophil reactive oxygen species generation, extracellular traps, cytokine release and directional chemotactic accuracy. In addition, Martin has research experience investigating the structure and function of C-reactive protein (CRP) as a systemic inflammatory marker involved in periodontitis and associated co-morbidity.
Ling MR, Chapple IL, Matthews JB (2015). Peripheral blood neutrophil cytokine hyper-reactivity in chronic periodontitis. Innate Immun; DOI: 10.1177/1753425915589387
Ling MR (2015). Neutrophil function in chronic periodontitis. Ph.D. thesis; University of Birmingham
Roberts HM, Ling MR, Insall R, Kalna G, Spengler J, Grant MM, Chapple IL (2015). Impaired neutrophil directional chemotactic accuracy in chronic periodontitis patients. J Clin Periodontol; 42(1): 1-11
Ling MR, Chapple, IL, Creese AJ, Matthews JB (2014). Effects of C-reactive protein on the neutrophil respiratory burst in vitro. Innate Immun; 20(4): 339-349
Matthews JB, Chen FM, Milward MR, Ling MR, Chapple IL (2012), Neutrophil superoxide production in the presence of cigarette smoke extract, nicotine and cotinine. J Clin Periodontol 39(7): 626-634
Palmer LJ, Cooper PR, Ling MR, Wright HJ, Huissoon A, Chapple IL (2012), Hypochlorous acid regulates neutrophil extracellular trap release in humans. Clin Exp Immunol 167(2): 261-268
Grant MM, Creese AJ, Barr G, Ling MR, Scott AE, Matthews JB, Griffiths HR, Cooper HJ, Chapple IL (2010), Analysis of a noninvasive human model of acute inflammation and its resolution: the twenty-one day gingivitis model. J Proteome Res 9(9): 4732-4744