Miss Zoe Harrington

Miss Zoe Harrington

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)/Consultant in Restorative Dentistry

Peninsula Dental School (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry)


Senior Lecturer / Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Peninsula Dental School
Clinical Lead, Truro Dental Education Facility
Honorary Consultant in Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Department, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust



I obtained my Bachelor of Dental Surgery from Bristol University in 1993 and went on to work in house officer posts in Restorative Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, followed by vocational training in general dental practice in Bath. I remained in practice for a further three years and during this time I completed the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (MFGDP). In 1999, I returned to full-time education with a place on the one-year Master of Science programme in Conservative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute. I was awarded MSc with distinction from the University of London in 2000 and went on to undertake specialist training in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital. In 2006 I successfully completed this training and was appointed as a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry in the Department of Periodontology. I relocated to Cornwall in 2012 to take up the post of Clinical Lead at the Truro Dental Education Facility, Peninsula Dental School.

Professional membership

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Dental Association
British Society of Periodontology
British Society for Restorative Dentistry
Cornwall Dental Practitioners Group

Roles on external bodies

Member of Cornwall Local Dental Committee (LDC)

Member of Cornwall Antimicrobial Resistance Group (CARG)
Council Member of British Society for Restorative Dentistry

Teaching interests

Restorative Dentistry

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner for the Final BDS Examination at Aberdeen University. 
Examiner for the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) - OSCE component

Research interests

I am interested in the association between obesity and periodontitis and have been involved with a prospective cohort study investigating this.

I have also collaborated with a team from Plymouth University looking at the role of bacterially derived bio-markers in chronic periodontitis.
Currently I am working with a Plymouth based team to investigate the impact of childhood health and behaviour on oral health in adulthood.

Key publications are highlighted

Kalea AZ, Hoteit R, Suvan J, Lovering RC, Palmen J, Cooper JA, Khodiyar VK, Harrington Z, Humphries SE & D'Aiuto F 2015 'Upregulation of gingival tissue miR-200b in obese periodontitis subjects' J Dent Res 94, (3 Suppl) 59S-69S Author Site , DOI
Harrington Z & Darbar U 2007 'Localised periodontitis associated with an ectopic orthodontic separator' Prim Dent Care 14, (1) 5-6 Author Site , DOI
Hemmings K & Harrington Z 2004 'Replacement of missing teeth with fixed prostheses' Dent Update 31, (3) 137-141 Author Site
Harrington Z, McDonald A & Knowles J 2003 'An in vitro study to investigate the load at fracture of Procera AllCerarn crowns with various thickness of occlusal veneer porcelain' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PROSTHODONTICS 16, (1) 54-58 Author Site

Other academic activities

Module Lead for Clinical Dental Practice 7 (CDP7) for Year 4 of PUPSMD BDS programme.

Module Lead for 'Restoring Teeth and Tissues' (RSD712) of the Certificate stage of the PUPSMD MSc programme in Restorative Dentistry.  

Examiner for the Integrated Structured Clinical Examination (ISCE) and Exit Case Presentations for PUPSMD Final BDS Examination.

Academic Tutor.