School of Dental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Francesca Mullan

Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry


Current position

Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry


I graduated from Dundee University Dental School in 2007 with my BDS qualification. After completing my Vocational Training I continued to work in general practice until 2011. Then I entered the Hospital Dental Service to work as an SHO in the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at Ninewells Hospital Dundee and became involved in research. Following this I was employed as a Clinical Research Assistant at King’s College London undertaking a PhD in Prosthodontics investigating the role of surface texture measurements as a clinical indicator of erosive tooth wear (sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline). This role also involved clinical teaching of 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in removable prosthodontics and supervision of MClinDent research projects.

Since joining Newcastle I have taken over leadership roles for Stage 3 and Stage 5 students. I am currently involved in Interprofessional Education with the School of Pharmacy.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Stage 3 Director
  • Stage 3 Senior Tutor
  • Stage 3 Clinical Teaching Lead Conservation
  • Stage 5 Deputy Examination Chair

 Area of expertise

  • Erosive tooth wear


Research interests

  • Erosive tooth wear
  • Structure of human enamel
  • Dentine hypersensitivity
  • Application of laboratory models to clinical trials

Research training

  • 2017 Clinical Trials Delivery Best Practice Workshop (Wendy Fisher -Consulting)
  • 2016 Good Clinical Practice in Conducting Clinical Trials and MHRA training
  • 2014 Colgate Workshop: Academic Writing
  • 2014 Critical Appraisal


  • The effect of different erosion times on surface roughness of natural and polished enamel.

            64th Congress of the European Organisation for Caries Research (2017)

  • The effect of different erosion times on surface roughness of unpolished and polished enamel.

            GSK Annual Symposium (2016)

  • In vitro study of enamel surface texture changes from erosion.

            63rd Congress of the European Organisation for Caries Research (2016)

  • Replica technique to measure surface roughness of natural enamel in vitro.

            King’s College London, Dental Institute Annual Post Graduate Research Day, Plenary Session (2016)

  • Evaluation of surface roughness measurements of unpolished enamel.

            GSK Annual Symposium (2015)

  • Time for a review of guidelines for surgical removal of wisdom teeth?

            Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (2012)



Clinical Teaching Lead Stage 3 Conservation

Deputy Examination Chair Stage 5

Course Lead Gerodontology