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Dr Maisoon Al-Jawad, BSc PhD

Senior Lecturer in Dental Physical Sciences

Tel: +44 20 7882 5960


2009-present 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



Research interests:

My research interests focus on combining in-house physical techniques and central facilities such as neutron scattering and synchrotron x-ray diffraction techniques in the exploration of tooth structure and tooth/restoration complexes (crystallography); novel biomimetic hydroxyapatite surfaces (implantology); and protein adsorption events (biomineralisation/enamel formation). I have secured over 60 days of neutron and synchrotron beamtime in the last five years, and my research has been sponsored by EPSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, and QMUL grants.

Selected publications:

  • null (2013) Mapping the spatial and temporal progression of human dental enamel biomineralization using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Arch Oral Biol. vol.58 (11) pp.1726-1734
  • null (2012) Disruption of enamel crystal formation quantified by synchrotron microdiffraction. J Dent. vol.40 (12) pp.1074-1080
  • null (2011) Distribution of enamel crystallite orientation through an entire tooth crown studied using synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Eur J Oral Sci. vol.119 Suppl 1 pp.19-24
  • null (2009) Fibronectin adsorption studied using neutron reflectometry and complementary techniques. Eur Phys J E Soft Matter. vol.30 (2) pp.175-179
  • null (2008) Three dimensional mapping of texture in dental enamel. Editors Daculsi G, Layrolle P vol.361-363 pp.877-880

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Key Publications

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

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