Professor Bing Hu

Professor Bing Hu

Professor of Oral Biology (Research)

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)

2020.8 - Professor of Oral Biology & Associate Head of School (Research), Peninsula Dental School, Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, UK

2020.4 - Associate Head of School (Research), Peninsula Dental School, Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, UK

2019.10 - Distinguished Professor, School of Stomatology, Zhe Jiang Chinese Medicine University, China

2018.9 - Visiting Professor, Shen Yang Hospital for Stomatology, Faculty of Stomatology, Da Lian University, China

2013.7 - 2020.7, Associate Professor (Reader) in Oral and Dental Health Research, Peninsula Dental School, Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth, UK

2013.4 – 2017.4, External Expert, School of Dentistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland

2009.1 - 2013.6, Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2006 – 2009, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

2002 – 2006, Research Assistant, Research Center, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Strasbourg, France

2003 – 2005, Clinical Resident, Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Strasbourg, France

1997 – 2002, Clinical Resident, Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Stomatology, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China


2006, PhD in Developmental Biology/Molecular and Cell Biology. School of Life Science/Faculty of Dentistry, University of Strasbourg

2004, DDS in Orthodontics/Oral biology. Faculty of Stomatology, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China 

2000, Master in Orthodontics. Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Stomatology, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

1997, Bachelor of Oral Medicine (for General Dentistry), Faculty of Stomatology, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

Professional membership

International Association of Dental Research

European Orthodontic Society

UK Cilia Network

Roles on external bodies

External Expert: School of Dental Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Examiner: PhD degree, King's College, UK


Grant reviewer activities: 

European Research Council

UKRI Peer Review College (UK)

Medical Research Council (UK)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK)

Royal College of Surgeons (UK)

Daphne Jackson Trust (UK)

Beijing Natural Science Foundation (China)

Journal reviewer activities: more than 30 international high impact journals.

Teaching interests

Developmental Biology; Craniofacial Biology; Cancer Biology; Regenerative Medicine

Academic tutor for: BDS students

Staff serving as external examiners


- King's College, UK (for PhD degrees).

Research interests

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5085-3114

Research areas & models:

(1) Skin and oral cancer & regeneration including 3D printing;

(2) Tooth development and tissue engineering;

(3) Salivary gland development and diseases.

Other research

Group members:

Research Fellow: Dr Wai Ling Kok

Honorary Associate Professor: Mr Malcolm Bruce

PhD Student & Research Associate: Charlotte Illsley (2018 faculty research day oral presentation prize winner)

PhD Student & Research Associate: Chloe Bolton 

PhD Student: Portia Grayson (currently working at the University of Cardiff)

Visiting PhD student: Zehan Li (Nanjing Medical University, China)


Donald Singer PhD (Current address: Field manager at Roche Diagnostics, 2015 BSODR Unilever Prize Winner)

Jemma Walker PhD (Current address: University of Birmingham, 2017 UK Science Council RSci CPD Awards Winner)

Jonathan Davis PhD(Current address: Research fellow at the University of Exeter, 2017 BSODR Unilever Prize Winner)

Dr Heng Zhuang (Current address: Associate Chief Clinician at Peking University School and Hospital of Somatology, China)

Dr Qingguo Lai  (Current address: Professor at 1st Affiliated Hospital, Shan Dong University, China)

Dr Kingyin Lee (Current address: University College of London)

Dr Tulay Gulsen (Current address: University London Cancer Institute)

Miss Yuying Liu (Current address: Clinical residence at Shen Yang Stomatological Hospital, China)

Miss Yan Gao (Current address: MSc student at Capital Medical University, Beijing, China)

Emeritus student: Balazs Denes MD-PhD (University of Geneva) 

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Donald Singer (PhD) , as DoS, 2019

Jemma Walker (PhD),  as DoS, 2019

Jonathan Davis (PhD), as DoS, 2019

Grants & contracts

2020-2023 Peninsula Dental Society Enterprise postdoctoral fellowship (£130,000, PI)

2017-2020 European Regional Development Fund (£500,000, PI)

2017-2021 National Natural Science Foundation of China (¥600,000, Co-PI)

2014-2018 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, European Union (€100,000, PI)

2014-2017 BBSRCresearch grant, UK (£426,000, PI)

2013 China Scholarship Council (¥130,000, Supervisor)

2013 National Natural Science Foundation of China ( ¥160,000, Co-PI)

2011 State National Science & TechnologyAwards, Grade II (China, the highest level scientific award in China)

2009 Science & Technology Awards of Beijing City, Grade I

2009 National Natural Science Foundation of China (¥120,000, Co-PI)

2007 Carl Storm International Diversity Fellowship

2006 “New Star Project” of Beijing City, China (¥300,000, declined)

2006 William J.Gies Awards (the most important prize in dental research, awarded by the International Association of Dental Research)

2006 The Cover of the Year Award for Journal of Dental Research

2006 Prize of “Promoting Research”, from French-Chinese Association of Science and Technology

2005 National Natural Science Foundation of China (¥260,000, PI)

2005 China National Prize for Doctoral Study in Abroad

2003 Fellowship of Dental Institute of France

2000 Science& Technology Awards of Beijing City, Grade II


Alexander Zambon, Tom Hsu, Seunghee Kim, Miranda Klinck, Jennifer Stowe, Lindsay Henderson, Donald Singer, Leomar Patam, Curtis Lim, Andrew McCulloch, Bing Hu, Anna Hickerson. Methods and Sensors For Functional Genomic Studies of Cell-Cycle Transitions in Single Cells. Physiological Genomics

Walker, J.V., Zhuang, H., Singer, D., Illsley, C., Kok, W.L., Sivaraj, K.K., Gao, Y., Bolton, C., Liu, Y., Zhao, M., Grayson, P.R.C., Wang, S., Karbanová, J., Lee, T., Ardu, S., Lai, Q., Liu, J., Kassem, M., Chen, S., Yang, K., Bai, Y., Tredwin, C., Zambon, A.C., Corbeil, D., Adams, R., Abdallah, B.M., Hu, B. (2019). Transit amplifying cells coordinate mouse incisor mesenchymal stem cell activation. Nature Communications,10:3596. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11611-0. (the paper has been widely reported by global media, such as The Telegraph and has been selected as the Biomedical Picture of the Day (Medical Research Council, London Institute of Medical Sciences)).

Denes, B.J., Bolton, C., Illsley, C., Kok, W., Walker, J.V., Poetsch, A., Tredwin, C., Kiliaridis, S., Hu, B. (2019). Notch signalling coordinates periodontal ligament maturation through regulating Lamin A. Journal of Dental Research. doi:10.1177/0022034519871448. 

Yang, Y., Willis, T., Button, R., Strang, Conor., Fu, Y., Wen, X., Grayson, P., Evans, T., Sipthorpe, R., Roberts, S., Hu, B., Zhang, J., Lu, B., Luo, S. (2019).Cytoplasmic DAXX drives SQSTM1/p62 phase condensation to activate Nrf2-mediated stress response. Nature Communications, 2019, 10:3759. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-11671-2

Singer, D., Thamm, K., Zhuang, H., Karbanová, J., Gao, Y., Walker, J.V., Jin, H., Wu, X., Coveney, C. R., Marangoni, P., Lu, D., Grayson, P.R.C., Gulsen, T., Liu, J.K., Ardu, S., Wann, A., Luo, S., Zambon, A.C., Jetten, A.M., Tredwin, C., Klein, O.D., Attanasio, M., Carmeliet, P., Huttner, W.B., Corbeil, D., Hu,B. (2018). Prominin-1 controls stem cell activation by orchestrating ciliary dynamics. EMBO J, 2018. doi:10.15252/embj.201899845. (The paper has been selected by the GE Reports, as the 5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week:

Zhuang, H., Hu, D., Singer, D., Walker, J. V., Nisr, R. B., Tieu, K., Tredwin, C., Luo, S., Ardu, S., Hu, B. (2015). Local anesthetics induce autophagy in young permanent tooth pulp cells. Cell Death Discovery, 1, 15024. doi:10.1038/cddiscovery.2015.24

Button, R. W., Lin, F., Ercolano, E., Vincent, J. H., Hu, B., Hanemann, C. O., & Luo, S. (2014). Artesunate induces necrotic cell death in schwannoma cells. Cell Death Diseases, 5, e1466.doi:10.1038/cddis.2014.434

Hu, B., Castillo, E., Harewood, L., Ostano, P., Reymond, A., Dummer, R., Raffoul, W., Hoetzenecker, W., Hofbauer, G.F., Dotto, G. P. (2012). Multifocal epithelial tumors and field cancerization from loss of mesenchymal CSL signaling. Cell, 149(6), 1207-1220. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2012.03.048.(The paper has been selected as Faculty of 1000 paper and has been commented by Cell, Nature Reviews of Cancer and Nature Medicine).

Wang, F., Liu, Y., Hu, B., Fan, Z.P., Shi, S., Wang, S. (2012). Functional tooth regeneration. Science, 336(6080), s48-50. (special issue). doi: 10.1126/science.336.6080.497-c

Ferone, G., Thomason, H. A., Antonini, D., De Rosa, L., Hu, B., Gemei, M., Zhou, H., Ambrosio, R., Rice, D.P., Acampora, D., van Bokhoven, H., Del, Vecchio, L., Koster, M.I., Tadini, G., Spencer-Dene, B., Dixon, J., Missero, C. (2012). Mutant p63 causes defective expansion of ectodermal progenitor cells and impaired FGF signalling in AEC syndrome. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 4(3), 192-205.doi:10.1002/emmm.201100199

Hu, B., Lefort, K., Qiu, W., Nguyen, B. C., Rajaram, R. D., Castillo, E., He, F., Chen, Y., Angel, P., Brisken, C., Dotto, G. P. (2010). Control of hair follicle cell fate by underlying mesenchyme through a CSL-Wnt5a-FoxN1 regulatory axis. Genes & Development, 24(14), 1519-1532.doi:10.1101/gad.1886910.

Borrelli, S., Candi, E., Hu, B., Dolfini, D., Ravo, M., Grober, O. M., Weisz, A., Dotto, G.P., Melino, G., Vigano, M.A., Mantovani, R. (2010). The p63 target HBP1 is required forskin differentiation and stratification. Cell Death Differentiation, 17(12), 1896-1907.doi:10.1038/cdd.2010.59

Mandinova, A., Kolev, V., Neel, V., Hu, B., Stonely, W., Lieb, J., Wu, X., Colli, C., Han, R., Pazin, M.J., Ostano, P., Dummer, R., Brissette, J.L., Dotto, G. P. (2009). A positive FGFR3/FOXN1 feedback loop underlies benign skin keratosis versus squamous cell carcinoma formation in humans. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 119(10), 3127-3137.doi:10.1172/JCI38543

Li, Y., Hu, B., Liu, Y., Ding, G., Zhang, C., & Wang, S. (2009). The effects of fixed orthodontic appliances on saliva flow rate and saliva electrolyte concentrations. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 36(11),781-785.doi:10.1111/j.1365-2842.2009.01993.x

Nait Lechguer, A., Kuchler-Bopp, S., Hu, B., Haikel, Y., & Lesot, H. (2008). Vascularization of engineered teeth. Journal of Dental Research, 87(12), 1138-1143.doi:10.1177/154405910808701216

Li, J. Y., Hu, B., Wang, X. J., & Wang, S. L. (2008). Temporal and spatial expression of TGF-beta2 in tooth crown development in mouse first lower molar. European Journal of Histochemistry, 52(4), 243-250

Kolev, V., Mandinova, A., Guinea-Viniegra, J., Hu, B., Lefort, K., Lambertini, C., Neel, V., Dummer, R., Wagner, E.F., Dotto, G. P. (2008). EGFR signalling as a negative regulator of Notch1 gene transcription and function in proliferating keratinocytes and cancer. Nature Cell Biology, 10(8), 902-911.doi:10.1038/ncb1750

Nadiri, A., Kuchler-Bopp, S., Mjahed, H., Hu, B., Haikel, Y., Schaaf, P., Voegel, JC., Benkirane-Jessel, N. (2007). Cell apoptosis control using BMP4 and noggin embedded in a polyelectrolyte multilayer film. Small, 3(9),1577-1583. doi:10.1002/smll.200700115

Hu, B., Unda, F., Bopp-Kuchler, S., Jimenez, L., Wang, X.J., Haikel, Y., Wang, S.L., Lesot, H. (2006). Bone marrow cells can give rise to ameloblast-like cells. Journal of Dental Research, 85(5),416-421. doi:10.1177/154405910608500504. (The paper has been selected as the cover of the year of Journal of Dental Research and have received William Gies Award from International Association of Dental Research).

Hu, B., Nadiri, A., Kuchler-Bopp, S., Perrin-Schmitt, F., Peters, H., Lesot, H. (2006). Tissue engineering of tooth crown, root, and periodontium. Tissue Engineering, 12(8), 2069-2075.doi:10.1089/ten.2006.12.2069. 

Hu, B., Nadiri, A., Bopp-Kuchler, S., Perrin-Schmitt, F., Lesot, H. (2005). Dental Epithelial Histomorphogenesis in vitro. Journal of Dental Research, 84(6), 521-525.doi:10.1177/15440591050840060. (Cover article).

Hu, B., Nadiri, A., Bopp-Kuchler, S., Perrin-Schmitt, F., Wang, S., Lesot, H. (2005). Dental epithelial histo-morphogenesis in the mouse: positional information versus cell history. Archives of Oral Biology, 50(2), 131-136.doi:10.1016/j.archoralbio.2004.09.007


Reviews (peer reviewed journals)

Zhuang, H., Ali, K., Ardu, S., Tredwin, C., & Hu, B. (2016). Autophagy in dental tissues: a double-edged sword. Cell Death Diseases, 7, e2192.doi:10.1038/cddis.2016.103

Hu, B., Liu, Y., Wang, SL. (2005). Tooth tissue engineering: from cells to organ, an odyssey far from finished. Shanghai Journal of Stomatology. Editorial, 14(2):99-102.


Patent: WO/2017/009658

Title: Method of Treatment of Dental Disorders

Inventors: HU Bing; ZHUANG Heng; TREDWIN Christopher Jeremy

Reports & invited lectures


University of Leeds


Nanjing Medical University

Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine

Capital Medical University


The 17thChinese Orthodontic Society Conference

Wuhan University

Capital Medical University

Shen Yang Stomatological Hospital



The 3rd International Conference on Dental and Craniofacial Stem Cells

University of Sheffield

University of Birmingham

University of Geneva

Capital Medical University

Shandong University

Shenyang Hospital of Stomatology



University of Bradford, UK

Capital Medical University, Beijing

Tian Jin Medical University



Gordon Conference on Epithelial Differentiation & Keratinization



University of Zurich, Switzerland

University of Copenhagen, Denmark



China Society of Oral Biology, the first annual meeting.

University of Zurich, Switzerland

University of Bern, Switzerland           



Wuhan University, China        

The 10th International Conference on Tooth Morphogenesis and Differentiation, Berlin, Germany



Capital Medical University, Beijing, China



National University of Singapore, Singapore

Beijing University, China