Institute of Dentistry - Barts and The London

Institute of Dentistry Athena SWAN Team

Athena SWAN Committee 2017/18

Dr. Maisoon Al-Jawad

Senior Lecturer

Maisoon is a scientist with expertise in the structure and formation of hard tissues. She has developed novel techniques for studying enamel, dentine and bone structure and for growing synthetic biomimetic materials. She has successfully supervised and mentored several PhD students and postdocs.

Ben Audsley

Electronic Resources Manager

Ben has worked in IT and computing for over 15 years. His role within the SAT is to support the Institute’s website and use of technologies to promote Athena SWAN activities. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football, entering competitions, playing with his cat and going out to the pub with friends.

Dr Jason Berry

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Dr Berry rejoined the teaching staff in 2012 as a full-time member. He currently is the Clinical Academic Lead for Barkantine outreach clinic near Canary Wharf. In addition he is the Academic Lead for Student Support, Year 3 Undergraduate Curriculum Lead and Senior Admissions Tutor for the Institute.

Sandra Brown

Institutional Diversity & Inclusion Manager and also the Athena SWAN programme manager

Sandra joined the Institute of Dentistry’s SAT in December 2016 as support and adviser regarding Athena SWAN activities and procedures.

Dr Dominiki Chatzopoulou

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Dominiki is the postgraduate director for specialty training in Periodontics. She has extensive experience in teaching and mentoring postgraduates, and is involved in research. She has lectured nationally and overseas. Her role is to help promote the Institute’s Athena SWAN activities.

Dr Alan Cruchley

Senior Lecturer & Director of Taught Programmes

Dr Cruchley is a non-clinical oral pathologist with over 30 years’ experience in teaching and research. He is the Director for Taught programmes within the Institute.

Dr Cecilia Gonzales-Marin

Clinical Lecturer

Cecilia studied dentistry in Peru and joined QMUL as a FT Clinical Lecturer in 2012 after completing a PhD here. She received the UNESCO-L’Oreal Fellowship for Women in Science in 2009-2011. She is committed to supporting the Institute to align to the Athena Swan ethos and has a role in the Action Plan.

Lorraine Low

Senior Quality Administrator & Curriculum Support (Clinical Years)

Lorraine has worked at QMUL from 2009 to 2015 as the Administrator for the Masters in Clinical Dentistry courses for Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, then in 2015 took up her current post as Senior Quality Administrator & Curriculum Support (Clinical Years).

Dr Vanessa Muirhead

Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health

Dr Vanessa Muirhead has worked at the Institute of Dentistry since 2010 as a postdoctoral researcher, Clinical Lecturer and Clinical Senior Lecturer. She now leads the MSc in Dental Public Health course and the undergraduate Population Health and Evidence Based Dentistry theme at the dental school.

Temitayo Owoka 

Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Temi is the institutional Diversity and Inclusion Officer.  As part of her role, she supports and advises the Institute of Dentistry regarding Athena SWAN and broader Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues and practices. She Joined the Institute of Dentistry SAT in August 2017.

Kieran Nandhra

Undergraduate Student

Kieran is a 3rd year undergraduate student representative. He is interested in the issue of inequality and strongly believes in opportunities for all sectors of people. He agrees with what the Athena Swan stands for, encouraging him to make a difference here at this university.

Alessia D’Onofrio

Research Assistant/ PG Student

Alessia is a second year PhD student and an MRC funded Research Assistant in the Institute of Dentistry. Her research area is on the development and pre-clinical characterization of novel bone substitutes materials for oral surgery and orthopaedic applications.

Dr Sharan Sidhu

Reader/Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry


Sharan has extensive clinical academic experience and also has an international research profile in adhesive dental materials. She leads on promoting Athena SWAN activities within the Institute and is the Staff Adviser of QMUL’s PhD student-led goup of women in the STEMM subjects, WISE@QMUL. 

Professor Mangala Patel

SAT Chair/ Reader in Biomaterials in Relation to Dentistry and Senior Tutor

Mangala is a Dental Materials/Biomaterials Scientist with more than 20 years’ experience in research and teaching. She has successfully supervised several PhD students. A major part of her activities involve the pastoral care and welfare of students.

Dr. Paul Ryan

Academic Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

Paul is an Academic Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry.  He is also a Specialist in Periodontology and is involved in clinical teaching and immunology research alongside completing his further Specialist training in Restorative dentistry.  

Ryan Salucideen

Examinations and Assessment Manager


Ryan is passionate about the Athena Swan ethos of equality, progression and sucess for all.  He has several years' experience in statistical and psychometrix analysis and is part of the data team.

Dr. Vanessa Moreno

Academic Clinical Lecturer/Specialty Registrar in Periodontology

Vanessa’s research is at the intersection of data synthesis and meta-analysis of oral health outcomes, clinical and translational science, periodontology, implantology, immunology and microbial ecology. She also teaches and has received multiple research prizes and scholarships.

Professor Ferranti Wong

Interim Institute Director/ Dean, Professor of Paediatric Dentistry

Ferranti has been working in the Institute of Dentisty for over 30 years. He first joined the school in 1986 as a postgraduate student, and was trained and developed into the present position. His previous roles include chair of the Dental Postgraduate Committee and Head of Centre for Oral Growth and Development.