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Dr Judith Jones, BDS, MSc, FDSRCS(Eng), PhD, FDS(OS), FHEA


Reader / Hon. Consultant

Telephone: +44 20 7377 7050
Room Number: Institute of Dentistry


Dr. Judith Jones qualified from The London Hospital Medical College Dental Institute with BDS in 1987.  She has worked at the London Hospital as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery House Officer and in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Departments of QEII & Luton & Dunstable Hospitals as a Senior House Officer.

In 1991 she returned to LHMC Dental Institute and completed a MSc in Experimental Oral Pathology, with a research project on integrins in oral epithelium and completed FDS RCS later the same year.

In 1992 she was awarded an MRCTraining Fellowship to carry out a PhD furthering work on the role of integrins in malignant oral epithelium, at both the Eastman Dental Institute and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund under the supervision of Paul Speight & Fiona Watt.

In 1998 she was appointed Lecturer/Honorary SpR in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at UMDS, which later merged with KCL.

In May 2003 she completed ACCOMS training at GSTT & KCHT and was awarded a CCST in Academic Oral Surgery.

In October 2005 she was appointed Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at GSTT & KCHT.

Dr. Jones is currently Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Teaching Activity

  • Extensive teaching and examining experience both with undergraduates and post graduates.
  • Was running the undergraduate programme in Oral Surgery at KCL from 2005.
  • Involved in the educational aspects of dentistry and oral surgery in particular.  Member of the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Teaching Committee and is becoming more interested in curriculum planning and assessment methods.
  • Examines in the MFDS and MJDF examinations at the Royal College of Surgeons, and is the Academic lead for the OSCE part of the new ORE.


Research Interests:

Dr. Jones is interested in the role of cell adhesion molecules and the behaviour of malignant cells. In particular the role played by integrins in cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions in squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck region. She is also interested in Biomaterials in the head and neck region.


Key Publications


J Jones, M Sugiyama, F M Watt & P M Speight.  Integrin expression in normal, hyperplastic, dysplastic, and malignant oral epithelium.  Journal of Pathology, Vol 169: 235-243 (1993).

J Jones, C S Downer & P M Speight.  Changes in the expression of integrins and basement membrane proteins in benign mucous membrane pemphigoid.  Oral Diseases, Vol 1: 159-165 (1995).

J Jones, M Sugiyama, P M Speight     & F M Watt.  Restoration of αVß5 integrin expression in neoplastic keratinocytes results in increased capacity for terminal differentiation and suppression of anchorage-independent growth.  Oncogene Vol 12: 119-126 (1996).

J Jones, M Sugiyama, F Giancotti, P M Speight & F M Watt.  Transfection of ß4 integrin subunit into a neoplastic keratinocyte line fails to restore terminal differentiation capacity or influence proliferation.  Cell Adhesion and Communication, Vol 4: 307-316 (1996).

J Jones, F M Watt & P M Speight.  Changes in the expression of αV integrins in oral squamous cell carcinomas.  J Oral Path Med,Vol 26: 63-68 (1997).

G I Thomas, J Jones & P M Speight.  Integrins in Oral Cancer.  Oral Oncology, Vol 33: 381-388 (1997).

R Evans, J Jones, C Taylor & F Watt.  Sequence variation in the I-like domain of the b1 integrin subunit in human oral squamous cell carcinomas.  Cancer Letters 213:189-194 (2004).

AJ Lyons & J Jones.  Integrins in Metastatic Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.  International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 34:912-914 (2005).

AJ Lyons & J Jones.  Cell adhesion molecules, the extracellular matrix and head and neck cancer.  Int. J. Oral Maxillofac.Surg; 36: 671–679 (2007).

M. Macluskey, J. Durham, G. Cowan, J. Cowpe, A. Evans, C. Freeman, A. Jephcott, J. Jones, L. Millsopp, R. Oliver, T. Renton, D. Ryan, V. Sivarajasingham, D. Still, K. Taylor and P. Thomson.  UK national curriculum for undergraduate oral surgery subgroup for teaching of the Association of British Academic Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.  Eur J Dent Educ 12 (2008).


OSCEs for Dentistry  Jan 2006  Kathleen FM Fan & Judith Jones, PasTest Ltd      ISBN 1 90462751 X

MCQs for Dentistry   Mar 2006 Kathleen FM Fan & Judith Jones, PasTest Ltd     ISBN 1 90462752 8

SAQs for Dentistry     Oct 2007  Kathleen FM Fan & Judith Jones, PasTest Ltd     ISBN 1 905635192

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