Professor Mike Curtis
Professor of Microbiology and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, Kings College London
Mike Curtis obtained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of London. He was a visiting Fogarty Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, USA where he worked on the characterization of anaerobic metabolism and electron flow in microbial communities. Subsequently, he worked at the Medical Research Council Dental Research Unit on risk factors for periodontal disease and led the MRC Microbial Molecular Pathogenesis Group, where he worked mainly on the biology of the periodontal bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis. During the period 2001-17 he worked at Queen Mary University of London undertaking a variety of roles including Head of the Department of Clinical Microbiology, Dean for Research of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Director of the Blizard Institute, Dean for Dentistry, and Director of the Institute of Dentistry and Deputy Vice-Principal for Health. He was appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King’s College London in 2017.
His current research is focused on the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and the relationship of oral health and disease to systemic conditions. His research has been funded by organizations such as the MRC, the Welcome Trust, and the National Institutes of Health. He was awarded Distinguished Scientist in Basic Periodontal Disease Research of the IADR in 2005 and Distinguished Scientist of the European Federation of Periodontology in 2017. He has served as Chair of the Gordon Conference on Periodontal Diseases (2006) and President of the British Society for Dental Research (2007) and he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDSRCS, 2008) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci, 2009).