Melissa Grant

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

Melissa’s research centres the use of proteomics to understand the protein players associated with oral disease. She is particulalry interested in exploring novel panels of biomarkers to detect periodotontitis and gingivitis, in a number of species including humans and dogs, and putting light on the role periodontitis has in other chronic inflammatory disease, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, chronic kideny disease and lung disease. The structure and function of proteins in the mouth and in circulation under these various conditions is of particular interest at present.

Additionally she actively explores the role of neutrophils in chronic disease, particulalry periodontitis and perimplantitis. Current PhD students are examining neutrophil chemotaxis, the role of glutathione in neutrophil chemotaxis and the activation of peripheral neutrophils in periodontitis and perimplantitis.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Bachelor of Science


Professional Qualifications

  • Senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy , SFHEA

    27 Nov 2017

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

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

Systems biology approaches to the exploration of periodontal and peri-implant inflammation
Understanding disease progression and prevention in the oral cavity or peri-implant