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Senior Lecture, Head of the Oral Pathology Centre, Deputy Head of Department - Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
Research summary
Immunopathogenesis of oral diseases, oral and maxillofacial pathology
  • Convenor of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme.
  • BDS3 Chair
  • Coordinator of PGDipClinDent (Oral Pathology).
  • Coordinator of DENT362 (Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases).
  • Teaching: DENT262, DENT362, DENT462, DENT531, DENT552, DENT552, DENT70, DENT572, DEOH101, DEOH201, DTEC111 and DTEC403.
  • Clinical and research supervision for DClinDent and PhD
  • International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists.
  • International Association for Dental Research.
  • New Zealand Dental Association.
  • Fellow - International College of Dentists.
  • Head of the Oral Pathology Centre, a national specialised oral and maxillofacial pathology diagnostic service for New Zealand.
  • Registered specialist in oral pathology.


Dr Seo investigates the pathogenesis of oral cancer, odontogenic lesions and immune-mediated oral diseases, with a particular focus on unfolded protein response (UPR) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Techniques such as qRT2-PCR, IHC, histochemistry, western blot, cell culture and in vitro assays (viability, caspase-based, TUNEL) are employed in his research. He has an active research partnership with the University of Malaysia, Oral Cancer Research and Coordination Centre and the National University of Malaysia, as well as with Dunedin Public Hospital.

Dr Seo is also a reviewer for the Journal of Periodontal Research, Pathology and BMC Oral Health.

He received the Oral Presentation Award from the International Association of Oral Pathologists (IAOP), Elman Poole Fellowship, International Association for Dental Research-Colgate Postgraduate Award and Sir Thomas Hunter Scholarship, amongst others.

Additional details

  • Editorial Board - BMC Oral Health.
  • Editorial Board - BDJ Open.


Abdelmoneim, D., Clark, D. E., Schmidlin, P., Botter, S., Li, K. C., Porter, G. C., Seo, B., & Duncan, W. J. (2024). In vivo healing of low temperature deproteinized bovine bone xenograft in a rabbit cranial model. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.37693 Journal - Research Article

De Silva, H. L., & Seo, B. (2023). Blue-purple lump on the lip: Haemangioma/vascular anomaly. In W. M. Tilakaratne & T. G. Kallarakkal (Eds.), Clinicopathological correlation of oral diseases. (pp. 129-140). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-24408-7_12 Chapter in Book - Research

Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Mohd Nizar, M. A., Gavidi, R. O., Tauati-Williams, E., Yakin, M., & Seo, B. (2023). Diagnosis of oral potentially malignant disorders: Overview and experience in Oceania. Frontiers in Oral Health, 4, 1122497. doi: 10.3389/froh.2023.1122497 Journal - Research Other

Hussaini, H. M., Seo, B., & Rich, A. M. (2023). Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. In G. J. Seymour, M. P. Cullinan, N. C. K. Heng & P. R. Cooper (Eds.), Oral biology: Molecular techniques and applications: Methods in molecular biology (Vol. 2588). (3rd ed.) (pp. 439-450). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-2780-8_26 Chapter in Book - Research

Arora, S., Seo, B., Friedlander, L., & Hussaini, H. M. (2023). A cell culture method for the isolation and study of primary human dental pulp cells. In G. J. Seymour, M. P. Cullinan, N. C. K. Heng & P. R. Cooper (Eds.), Oral biology: Molecular techniques and applications: Methods in molecular biology (Vol. 2588). (3rd ed.) (pp. 393-405). New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-2780-8_22 Chapter in Book - Research

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