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64 3 479 7046
Associate Professor
Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
BDS MDentSci(Leeds) PhD(Otago) FDSRCSEd
Research summary
Oral pathology and immunology


  • General Pathology
  • Oral Pathology in Clinical Practice module
  • Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases module
  • Human Disease module
  • Paper coordinator for 362


  • Research Supervisor and Clinical Teaching for Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Oral Pathology


My main core research interest is investigating immune responses in the tumour microenvironment, particularly oral squamous cell carcinoma. This research started in 2007 with subsequent completion of my PhD thesis in 2013. Three grants were obtained to fund this project with me as Principle Investigator one from Otago Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) and two from New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation (NZDRF). This project is currently being expanded to include metastatic lymph node profiling as well as angiogenic role in oral squamous cell carcinoma metastatic spread. The current research will explore modulation of the immune system by cancer cells in the process of local invasion and lymph node metastasis and the role of angiogenesis in these processes.


Gould, M. L., Downes, N. J., Woolley, A. G., Hussaini, H. M., Ratnayake, J. T., Ali, M. A., Friedlander, L. T., & Cooper, P. R. (2024). Harnessing the regenerative potential of purified bovine dental pulp and dentin extracellular matrices in a chitosan/alginate hydrogel. Macromolecular Bioscience. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/mabi.202400254 Journal - Research Article

Bologna-Molina, R., Schuch, L., Magliocca, K., van Heerden, W., Robinson, L., Bilodeau, E. A., Hussaini, H. M., … Hunter, K. D. (2024). Targeted therapies in ameloblastomas and amelobastic carcinoma: A systematic review [Invited]. Oral Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/odi.14962 Journal - Research Article

Chiam, T. L., Choo, J., Ashar, A., Hussaini, H. M., Rajandram, R. K., & Nordin, R. (2024). Efficacy of natural enzymes mouthwash: A randomised controlled trial. Clinical Oral Investigations, 28, 259. doi: 10.1007/s00784-024-05658-7 Journal - Research Article

Meizarini, A., Puteri, A., Yasan, Y. D. R., & Hussaini, H. M. (2023). Optimization of proteinase K incubation protocol duration during DNA extraction from oral squamous cell carcinoma FFPE samples. Dental Journal, 56(4), 233-237. doi: 10.20473/j.djmkg.v56.i4.p233-237 Journal - Research Article

Alsamahi, S., Milne, T. J., Hussaini, H. M., Rich, A. M., Cooper, P. R., & Friedlander, L. T. (2023). Effects of glycation end-products on the dental pulp in patients with type 2 diabetes. International Endodontic Journal, 56, 1373-1384. doi: 10.1111/iej.13966 Journal - Research Article

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