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Professor David Dymock


Dave is Professor of Dental Education, currently BDS Programme Director and Head of Teaching for Bristol Dental School, and also Undergraduate Education Director for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Trained originally as a molecular microbiologist with a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a PhD in bacterial genetics his focus is now principally on leadership and delivery of education in dentistry, medicine, and veterinary sciences. His remit also includes intercalation programmes and oversight of educational provision from the Centre for Applied Anatomy and Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals. He has been co-Director for the Centre for Health Sciences Education since its inception in 2015. He has received Faculty Teaching and Learning (2008, 2017) and Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Excellence in Dental Education (2012) awards.  


Dave's research has encompassed a wide range of microbiology-related projects including bacterial gene exchange, genetic manipulation and infection studies of crop plants, molecular approaches to identify and type oral bacteria, including those not yet cultured, and monitor ecological shifts in dental plaque bacterial populations, and investigations of periodontopathogen virulence factors. He has chaired (2005-8) the Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) of the British Society for Oral and Dental Research. Dave's current research is education-focused, particularly on student reflection and mental health.




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