Jon Bennett

Jon Bennett

Associate Director of Undergraduate Dental Studies

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Health)

  • Academic lead in the Basic Sciences, the Applied Diagnostic Sciences and Pathology (including Oral Pathology) as applied to Dentistry
  • Module Lead - Integrated Dental Sciences


  • BSc Hons (University of London. 1977)
  • BDS (University of London. 1981)  
  • MA (University of London. 2004)
  • MEd (University of Exeter. 2013) 
  • DPhil (University of Oxford. 1991)
  • FDSRCSEng (Fellow in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 1986)
  • MFGDPRCSEng (Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 2016) (ad eundem)
  • FHEA (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2002)
  • FAoME (Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. 2015)

Professional membership

  • General Dental Council (GDC) - Full Registration no: 55636
  • British Dental Association (BDA)
  • British/International Associations for Oral and Dental Research (BSODR/IADR)
  • British/International Associations for Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (BSOMP/IAOP)
  • Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry (ABSTD)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
  • Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts (RSA)

Roles on external bodies

  • Examiner, Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England: 1996-date
  • Written Paper Lead for the MFDS examination Royal College of Surgeons of England: 2020-date
  • External Examiner: MSc in Experimental Oral Pathology, Queen Mary University of London: 2020-date

Teaching interests

  • Basic Medical Science as applied to Dentistry
  • Applied Clinical Science with special emphasis on General Pathology, Oral Medicine and Pathology and Human Disease
  • Contemporary approaches to student learning and assessment in the basic and applied medical sciences
  • Research informed teaching

Research interests

Historically, my research has been in the areas of Oral Pathology and Bone Biology at University College London and the University of Oxford. Following appointment to a teaching role at Peninsula Dental School at its inception 2007 to develop the basic and clinical sciences in the new BDS programme, I have sought to foster links with biomedical science colleagues in the University of Plymouth, to identify common interests and a shared research vision. This has lead to the establishment of several projects themed around interactions of bacterial products (e.g. Lipopolysaccharides) with oral tissues, and has contributed to the establishment of this area as a growing theme within Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD). Although primarily in a teaching role I have lectured widely in the UK and overseas and have regularly presented at international meetings and conferences. Furthermore, since arriving in Plymouth I have co-supervised three successful PhD's.

From an educational perspective, I have been instrumental in introducing novel methods of assessment to the dental curriculum, notably progress testing, believed to be the first time this assessment strategy has been used as a summative tool in Dentistry.

My current research interests include...

1. Interactions between physical and biological factors in the oral environment and the oral tissues

2. Assessment of basic and applied science knowledge in contemporary problem based curricula

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Recent Theses - Details of Masters/PhD degree completions prior to 2010 will be provided on request

• Belfield L. A. ‘Interactions between Porphyromonas gingivalis and macrophages in Oral Pathology’ PhD – 2013

• Triner J.C. ‘Defining neurochemical properties and functions of primary sensory neurons in the rat trigeminal ganglion’ PhD – 2013

• Helley M. ‘Toll-like receptor expression and signalling in rat trigeminal neurones: Consequences for oral infection and mechanisms of orofacial pain’ PhD - 2016