Dr Rishma Shah

Dr Rishma ShahTel: 020 3456 1160 / 020 3456 1109
Fax: 020 3456 1238
Email: r.shah@ucl.ac.uk

Eastman Dental Hospital

Craniofacial growth and development

Professional background

Rishma qualified in Dentistry with honours at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals in 1995. She started the orthodontic training programme at UCL Eastman Dental Institute in 2000. She was awarded distinction for the Master of Science (Orthodontics) of the University of London in 2002 and obtained the Membership in Orthodontics (RCS Eng) in 2003. Rishma undertook her combined higher clinical training, involving the management of complex orthodontic cases, and PhD at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Ashford Hospital, Middlesex. She was awarded the Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination in Orthodontics in 2006 and PhD in 2010 in craniofacial skeletal muscle engineering.

Rishma is currently Lecturer/Honorary Consultant at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital. She is the Programme Co-ordinator for the MClinDent/MOrth programme and is heavily involved in training, teaching and research at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute and Hospital. Rishma is also a Research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

Her main clinical practice involves the management and treatment of complex multidisciplinary cases.

Research interests

  • Craniofacial growth and development
  • Craniofacial deformities and novel tissue engineering techniques to manage such abnormalities


Gellynck K., Shah R., Parkar M., Young A., Buxton P., & Brett, P. (2013) Small molecule stimulation enhances bone regeneration but not titanium implant osseointegration. Bone doi:10.1016/j.bone.2013.09.012

Gellynck K., Shah R., Deng D., Parkar M., Liu W., Knowles J. C., & Buxton P. (2013) Cell cytoskeletal changes effected by static compressive stress leads to changes in the contractile properties of tissue regenerative collagen membranes. Eur Cell Mater, 25, 317-325.

Shah R., Knowles J. C., Hunt N.P., & Lewis M.P. (2013) Development of a novel smart scaffold for human skeletal muscle regeneration. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. doi:10.1002/term.1780

Shah R., Ready D., Knowles J.C., Hunt N.P., Lewis M.P. (2012) Sequential identification of a degradable phosphate glass scaffold for skeletal muscle regeneration. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. doi:10.1002/term.1581

Shah R., Lewis M. P. (2010) The future? Craniofacial skeletal muscle engineering as an aid for the management of craniofacial deformities. Seminars in Orthodontics 16: 153-162.

Carlqvist K. H., Lewis M. P., Hunt N. P., Shah R. (2010) Regeneration of jaw muscle - potential cellular mechanisms. Seminars in Orthodontics 16: 147-152.

Smith A. S. T, Shah R., Hunt N. P., Lewis M. P. (2010) The role of connective tissue and extracellular matrix signaling in controlling muscle development, function, and response to mechanical forces. Seminars in Orthodontics 16: 135-142.

Shah R., Cunningham S. J. (2009) Implementation of the virtual learning environment into a UK orthodontic training programme: the postgraduate and lecturer perspective. European Journal of Dental Education 13: 223-232.

Shah R., Collins J. M., Hodge T. M., Laing E. R. (2009) A national study of cross infection control: are we clean enough? British Dental Journal 207: 267-274.

Suchak A., Hunt N. P., Shah R., Sinanan A. C. M., Lloyd T., Lewis M. P. (2009) Myosin proteins identified from masseter muscle using quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction - a pilot study of the relevance to orthodontics. European Journal of Orthodontics 31: 196-201.

Hunt N. P., Shah R., Sinanan A. C. M., Lewis M. P. (2006) Northcroft Memorial Lecture 2005. Muscling in on malocclusions: current concepts on the role of muscles in the aetiology and treatment of malocclusion. Journal of Orthodontics 33: 187-197.

Shah R., Sinanan A.C.M., Knowles J.C., Hunt N.P., Lewis M.P. (2005) Craniofacial muscle engineering using a 3-dimensional phosphate glass fibre construct. Biomaterials 26: 1497-1505.

Rishma has also written 3 book chapters and has supervised over 20 Master of Science dissertations.

GMC/GDC number: 71079