Melissa Grant


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Grant is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the areas of:

Saliva diagnostics, protein biomarkers, oral and systemic disease. Please get in touch if you have an interest in joining the team.


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Research interests

Melissa Grant’s research centres the protein players associated with oral disease. She is interested in exploring novel panels of biomarkers to detect chronic inflammatory disease, such as periodontitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic kidney disease and lung disease; the structure and function of proteins in the mouth and in circulation under these various conditions; the detection of these proteins by point of care tests; and the production of these proteins in cell models are of particular interest.

Current PhD students are examining novel ways to detect protein biomarkers in saliva, discovery of biomarkers for oral blisters from different diseases, blister fluid composition from patients with epidemolysis bullosa and biomarkers for heart health in captive great apes.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Biosciences

Award Date: 12 Jul 2001

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry

Award Date: 8 Jul 1997


  • RK Dentistry
  • QH301 Biology
  • QR180 Immunology


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