Professor David Wood


I gained a BSc Honours (2i) Materials Science from Thames Polytechnic in 1988 and a PhD in Biomaterials Science from the University of Greenwich in 1993, under a CASE Award from the Laboratory of the Government Chemist.  I was appointed as a Lecturer in Dental Materials at King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1992, and moved to the University of Leeds in 1995 to take up the same role. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1999 and Professor of Biomaterials in 2004 and leads the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Theme at the University of Leeds School of Dentistry. Having previously been Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer (2010-2012) I am the current Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Dentistry.

I have published approx 80 papers and reviews and have supervised/is supervising some 25 PhD students and 40+ MSc students. I am a member of the UK Dental Materials Panel and of MPNS COST Action MP1301 ‘New Generation Biomimetic and Customized Implants for Bone Engineering’. I am also a regular speaker at national and international conferences and am a referee for a number of international journals and grant awarding bodies.

I have acted as an external examiner for some 12+ PhD students in the UK and internationally.  I have established significant research links with the Universities of Michigan and Osaka and headed up the Japanese Regional Working Group for the University of Leeds and was the Faculty of Medicine and Health's Interntaional Lead until 2014.


  • Director of Research and Innovation
  • Head of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Theme

Research interests

  • Natural polymer hydrogels and electrospun/wet-spun nano-fibrous scaffolds
  • Bioglasses, glass-ceramics and bioceramics as fillers and implant coatings
  • Dental materials, including zirconia, GIC and dental composite
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Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
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