Dr. Lynne Bingle
BSc (Hons), PhD
Reader in Oral Science
Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes
Chair of Athena SWAN
School of Clinical Dentistry
BiographyCurrently I am a Reader in the Academic Unit of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology having joined the School of Clinical Dentistry as a Lecturer in 2005. Prior to this I spent 7 years as a Research Assistant and then Research Fellow in the Medical School here in Sheffield.
Whilst carrying out my PhD in London, under the supervision of Professors Terry Tetley, Bernard Fox and Abe Guz I developed the first 3D in vitro model of a human pulmonary alveolus; this has shaped much of my research interests. My first post-doctoral position was at Washington University, St Louis Missouri where I spent two years in Robert Senior’s Department working with Erika Crouch on the role of surfactant protein D in lung immunity. I returned to the UK and a post-doctoral position with Professor Tetley isolating novel proteinase inhibitors fro human and sheep lung (a good model of acute respiratory distress).
I have a long-standing collaboration with, and am a visiting Professor at, the Dental School, University of Campinas, Piracicaba in Brazil. Through this collaboration I have also established further links with academic research groups in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre.
My long-standing research interests have been focused on the role and regulation of epithelial secretory proteins. This work has principally involved the study of the airway epithelium, through the use of 3D in vitro model systems, but more recently has expanded to include the oral and nasal mucosa and the epithelium of the middle ear. My specific interests have focused on the fields of innate immunity, host defence and tumour biology.
I have also recently started to investigate the potential of using my tissue culture expertise to develop in vitro models of human salivary glands from fresh human tissue. We are now routinely isolating cells from human sublingual glands and are currently characterising cell phenotype under different culture conditions. The mid-term aim is to use these models to begin to elucidate the initial stages of salivary gland diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome and salivary gland tumours.
I teach on both 1st year BDS modules (Den 103 and 104) and to 2nd year students on the Den 203 module. I also teach first year medical students. I am Deputy Programme Director for the MMedSci in Diagnostic Oral Pathology course; I lead and teach one of the modules (ORP 607) on this course and teach on yet another (ORP 609).
I am Director of Postgraduate Taught course for the School and in this role sit on the Faculty PGT committee, School Executive committee, Senior Management Committee and Teaching committee.
I am also Deputy Director of Student Affairs with overall responsibility for the pastoral care of our first and second year BDS students.
I am Chair of our Athena SWAN self-assessment team and member of the Faculty Excellence Through Inclusion Committee. I have been a Member of the steering group for Women@TUOS Net since it’s initiation, acted as Chair in the academic year 2015-16 and remain on the steering group in an advisory role.
Outside of Sheffield University I am a visiting Professor at the Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba, University of Campinas, Brazil and external examiner for the iPhD programme, Faculty of medicine, University of Southampton