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Institute of Dentistry - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr Noha Seoudi, BDS(Hons), LDS RCSEng, MDS, MFDS RCPS(Glasg), PGCAP, FHEA, MInstLM, FRCPath, PhD


Senior Clinical Lecturer in Oral Microbiology

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 6345
Room Number: Office 4, Floor 4, Institute of Dentistry


Noha is one of only seven Clinical Oral Microbiologists in the UK. She is the Director of the Doctorate for Clinical Dentistry in Clinical Oral Microbiology at Queen Mary University of London. Her main clinical areas of interest are: clinical oral microbiology, infection and immunity in relation to oral health, antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control. She considers teaching one of the most rewarding experiences in her career.  She enjoys teaching a wide range of students from different cultural backgrounds and different learning needs and thrives in the challenge of tailoring her teaching style to benefit all students. She is a member in the editorial board of two international journals and a reviewer for many other national and international. She was a member in the dental subgroup of the English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance (ESPAUR) and contributed to the development of the national antimicrobial stewardship programme in dentistry.

Following Dr Seoudi’s graduation with an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in dentistry and achieving a Master’s Degree in Oral Medicine from Cairo University, Egypt, she completed a period of general dental training and became a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Later on, she was awarded one of the very few clinical academic training posts in Clinical Oral Microbiology in the UK and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists by examination. Her PhD thesis focused on the interrelationship between oral microbiome and host immune response in patients with Behçet’s Disease. For the academic merit of this work, she was awarded the Young Investigator Award in the International Conference on Behçet’s Disease, Japan, 2012.


Director of Doctorate for Clinical Dentistry in Clinical Oral Microbiology

Organiser of Doctorate for Clinical Dentistry in Oral Medicine



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The interrelationship between the host immune response and oral microbiome is the primary focus of Dr Seoudi’s research. She explained the relationship between the functional defect in TLR2 and 4 and its relationship with the observed oral microbiome dysbiosis in Behcet’s disease patients. This will have potential therapeutic application in the future.

COVID-19 recently affected the way of delivering dentistry and resulted in a period of severe restriction on providing routine dental care. The evidence behind many of the transmission-based infection prevention and control precautions is weak. Noha is currently contributing to the profession understanding of the characteristics of aerosol generated by the different dental procedures and designing evidence based risk reduction strategies. This will increase the capacity of delivering dental care to meet the population oral health need in a safe and sustainable manner.

Antimicrobial resistance leads to 700,000 death per year and it is expected to claim 10 million lives by 2050. Dr Seoudi has teamed up with multiple different experts, leading antimicrobial stewardship in dentistry by conducting multiple national audits, behavioural change interventions, educational tools, and public engagement tools to influence the antimicrobial use in dentistry. This effort will help as part of the global effort to preserve the effect of the currently available antimicrobial agents.


• PALMER NOA, SEOUDI N (2021). The effect of SARS-CoV-2 on the prescribing of antimicrobials and analgesics by NHS general dental practitioners in England. British Dental Journal; 21: 1-6.

• LALLI A, ALDEHLAWI H, BUCHANAN J, SEOUDI N, FORTUNE F, WASEEM A (2021). Screening of oral cancer utilising risk-factor analysis is ineffective in high-risk populations. British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; 59(1):e17-e22.. 

• SHAHDAD S, PATEL T, HINDOCHA A, CAGNEY N, MUELLER JD, SEOUDI N, MORGAN C (2020). The efficacy of an extraoral scavenging device on reduction of splatter contamination during dental aerosol generating procedures: an exploratory study. British Dental Journal; 11: 1-10.

• SEOUDI N, BERGMEIER LA, DROBNIEWSKI F, PASTER B, AND FORTUNE F (2015). The oral mucosal and salivary microbial community of Behçet’s syndrome and recurrent aphthous stomatitis. Journal of Oral Microbiology, 7; 27150.

• SEOUDI N, BERGMEIER LA, HAGI-PAVLI E, BIBB D, CURTIS MA, FORTUNE F (2014). The Role of TLR2 and 4 in Behçet’s Disease Pathogenesis. Innate Immunity; 20(4): 412-22.


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