Dr. Higham is a Professor of Oral Biology, Department of Health Services Research and School of Dentistry, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and is Director of postgraduate research in her University Research Institute.
Dr. Higham has a background in microbiology and biochemistry, a PhD focused on dental plaque metabolism from the University of Liverpool, Chartered Biologist status, and a membership in the Institute of Biology. She was appointed a research fellow in the Department of Clinical Dental Sciences at the University of Liverpool, where she was promoted later to senior lecturer and then to a professor.
Dr. Higham has supervised 24 Doctoral students and 10 Master’s degree candidates and has published more than 300 book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and peer-reviewed abstracts. Her main research interests are in the use of in vitro and in situ models and clinical trials to study dental diseases, together with the development of optical technologies for the quantification of mineral loss/gain in vivo. She has been involved in University teaching at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels for over 30 years. Dr Higham is a scientific advisor for the European Organisation for Caries Research (ORCA) and is a dentistry panel member for the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) in the UK.
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