Dr Stuart Hunt

BSc, MSc, PhD

School of Clinical Dentistry

Senior Lecturer in Human Anatomy

+44 114 215 9352

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Dr Stuart Hunt
School of Clinical Dentistry
19 Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

I completed my PhD in 2008 in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. After a short period as a Post-doctoral Research Associate, I was appointed Lecturer in Human Anatomy in 2010. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019.

My research group focuses on the role of extracellular vesicles in head and neck cancer progression. A better understanding of these nano-sized particles may one day lead to novel diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for head and neck cancer.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • the biogenesis of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in head and neck cancer;
  • the interplay between EVs and the tumour microenvironment;
  • the role of EVs in chemotherapy resistance;
  • and the use of salivary EVs as a source of diagnostic biomarkers.

Journal articles


Research group

PhD students (primary supervisor):

  • Anita Liu (co-supervisor Prof Dan Lambert)
  • Karima Alkasah (co-supervisor Dr Lynne Bingle)
  • Wenyi Jiang (co-supervisors Dr Barbara Ciani & Dr Helen Colley)
  • Cathy Park (co-supervisor Dr Helen Colley)
  • Helal Alanazi (co-supervisor Dr Helen Colley)
Teaching activities

I am the anatomy sub-theme leader for the Oral Cavity in Health and Disease (OCHD) theme. I deliver human anatomy lectures for 1st year Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Human Communication Sciences (HCS) students. I lead head and neck anatomy dissection classes for 1st year BDS students. I also am a member of the 1st BDS Working Party, where I respond to student feedback on anatomy teaching and oversee resulting changes/improvements based on feedback.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Academic lead for tissue culture core facility
  • Member of Core Facilities Committee
  • Biological Safety Officer for The School of Clinical Dentistry
  • Member of the University Biosafety Committee Member of Committee for the Use of Tissue in Teaching (CUTIT)
  • Human Tissue Authority ‘Person Designated’ for Medical Teaching Unit
  • UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles (UKEV) Committee member