Institute of Dentistry - Barts and The London

Dr Maisoon Al-Jawad, BSc PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dental Physical Sciences

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 5960
Room Number: Room 2.21.0, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


2015- Senior Lecturer in Dental Physical Sciences

2009-2015 Lecturer in Dental Physical Sciences, Centre for Oral Growth and Development, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London

2006- 2009 EPSRC Life Science Interface Fellowship, Leeds Dental Institute, University of Leeds

April 2008 - July 2008 Visiting Scientist, University of Michigan, USA

Nov 2007 - Feb 2008 Visiting Scientist, Institute Laue Langevin, France

2005-2006 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds

Jan 2005 - Jul 2005 Post Doctoral Research Associate, School of Physics, Durham University

2005 PhD in Physics, University of Leeds


Undergraduate BDS teaching for all year in Dental Materials

Postgraduate teaching across several courses

Module lead for MSc Biomineralization and Biomimetics module


Research Interests:

Dr Al-Jawad’s research interests focus on the exploration dental hard tissue during formation - protein-guided crystal growth during biomineralization; breakdown - loss of crystallographic and microstructural integrity through caries or wear; and repair or replacement treatments – through the development of novel biomimetic hydroxyapatite materials. She combines in-house biophysical techniques with use of central facilities such as synchrotron x-ray and neutron scattering techniques to advance our understanding of hard tissue structures at multiple lengthscales. Her research has been sponsored by EPSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, industrial awards and QMUL grants.

PhD supervision

Candidates who are interested in research on dental hard tissue biomineralization and biomimetics are encouraged to contact Dr Al-Jawad


Key Publications

Al-Jawad M, Addison O, Sirovica S, Siddiqui S, Martin RA, Wood DJ, Watts DC. Intracoronal stress transfer through enamel following RBC photopolymerisation: A synchrotron X-ray study. Dental Materials 34(10) 1426-1439 (2018).

Al-Mosawi M, Davis GR, Bushby A, Montgomery J, Beaumont J, Al-Jawad M. Crystallographic texture and mineral concentration quantification of developing and mature human incisal enamel. Scientific Reports 8 14449 (2018).

Elsharkawy S, Al-Jawad M, Pantano MF, Tejeda-Montes E, Mehta K, Jamal H, Agarwal S, Shuturminska K, Rice A, Tarakina NV et al. Protein disorder-order interplay to guide the growth of hierarchical mineralized structures. Nature Communications 9 2145 (2018).

Shuturminska K, Tarakina NV, Azevedo HS, Bushby AJ, Mata A, Anderson P, Al-Jawad M. Elastin-Like Protein, with Statherin Derived Peptide, Controls Fluorapatite Formation and Morphology. Frontiers in Physiology 8 368 (2017).

Khan MA, Addison O, James A, Hendriksz CJ, Al-Jawad M. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction to understand crystallographic texture of enamel affected by Hunter syndrome. Archives of Oral Biology 80 193-196 (2017).

Elsharkawy S, Tejeda-Montes E, Al-Jawad M, Mata A. Preferential nucleation and crystal growth on microfabricated topography systems for biomedical and industrial applications. Materials Today 19(8) 478-480 (2016).

Siddiqui S, Al-Jawad M. Enamelin Directs Crystallite Organization at the Enamel-Dentine Junction. Journal of Dental Research 95 580-587 (2016).

Khan MA, Addison O, James A, Hendriksz C, Al-Jawad M. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy to understand enamel affected by metabolic disorder mucopolysaccharidosis. Micron 83 48-53 (2016).

Al-Azri K, Melita LN, Strange AP, Festy F, Al-Jawad M, Cook R, Parekh S, Bozec L. Optical coherence tomography use in the diagnosis of enamel defects. Journal of Biomedical Optics 21 036004 (2016).

Li Z, Al-Jawad M, Siddiqui S, Pasteris JD. A mineralogical study in contrasts: highly mineralized whale rostrum and human enamel. Scientific Reports 5 16511 (2015).

Siddiqui S, Anderson P, Al-Jawad M. Recovery of Crystallographic Texture in Remineralized Dental Enamel. PLOS ONE 9(10) e108879, 2014.

M Al-Jawad, G Fragneto, J Liu, S R Chang and B Clarkson “Fibronectin adsorption studied using neutron reflectometry and complementary techniques”, European Physical Journal E 30 (2009) 175

M Al-Jawad and S H Kilcoyne “Temperature dependent crystallization of amorphous Y67Fe33 studied using kinetic small angle neutron scattering”, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 20 (2008) 395230

M Al-Jawad, L M Simmons, A Steuwer, S H Kilcoyne, R C Shore, R Cywinski and D J Wood “Three Dimensional Mapping of Texture in Dental Enamel”, Key Engineering Materials 361-363 (2008) 877

M Al-Jawad, A Steuwer, S H. Kilcoyne, R C. Shore, R Cywinski, D J Wood “2D mapping of Texture and Lattice Parameters of Dental Enamel”, Biomaterials 28 (2007) 2908

SH Kilcoyne, PM Bentley, M Al-Jawad, NL Bubb, HAO Al-Shammary and DJ Wood “A small angle neutron scattering study of mica based glass-ceramics with applications in dentistry”, Physica B, 350, Suppl 1 (2004) E529