ali Khurram

Dr. Syed Ali Khurram

BDS, MSc., PhD., MFDS RCS (Edinburgh), CiLT, FHEA, FRC Path.

Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Pathologist

Contact Details:

School of Clinical Dentistry
Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 2159378



I was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology in September 2016. Prior to that, I worked as a NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer/ Honorary Specialist Registrar (Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology) at the University of Sheffield from August 2011 to 2015. I undertook my PhD at Sheffield Dental School as well successfully completing it in March 2008. Since then I have worked as a Senior House Officer in Oral Medicine/Pathology at Cardiff Dental Hospital and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, Sheffield in addition to two years with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department in Sheffield.


Being a clinical academic, I have a strong interest in teaching and research as well as clinical/diagnostic head and neck pathology. In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, I am continually involved in clinical audits and service reviews relevant to surgical and pathological aspects of patient care.


One of my main interests is the role of tumour microenvironment (TME), stroma and epithelial mesenchymal transition in cancer progression, bone invasion, metastasis and extracapsular spread.
My main clinical research interest is studying metastasis and extracapsular spread in oral cancer or oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) as it reduces the 5-year patient survival by 80-85%. In addition, I have also been working on a number of collaborative projects involving surgical and treatment interventions in cancer patients.
One of my research interests is in the interaction of chemokine receptors and their ligands in inflammatory and neoplastic disease. Our previous work showed expression of the XCR1 receptor outside the immune system for the first time where it facilitated cancer cell signalling, migration, invasion, proliferation in addition to stimulating adhesion to ECM components and release of Matrix Metalloproteinases.

Research Team
  • Alice Pilborough- PhD Student
  • Amir Zaki Abdullah Zubir- PhD Student
  • Areeg Elmusrati- PhD Student
  • Eirini Kalliara- MSc student
  • Naiema Hendawi- MSc student
  • Mariem Al-Sharief- MSc student
  • Lead- Oral Disease Theme (DEN 503/504)
  • Lead- Oral Pathology teaching (undergraduate)


In my current position, I am a part of the histopathological diagnostic service provided by the Unit. This includes macroscopic description and reporting of routine biopsies and major head and neck cancer resection cases. The department works closely with the Maxillofacial Surgery department and cases are discussed at weekly Regional Multidisciplinary Head and Neck cancer Meetings. I am also involved in training of Dental Core Trainees (DCTs) and Specialist Registrars (StRs).
My main interest is cancer pathology, in particular head and neck cancer and salivary gland tumours.

Professional Activities

Reviewer for the following journals:

  • British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Caries Research
  • OOO Journal (Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology)
  • Oral Surgery
  • Journal of Clinical Pathology
  • British Journal of Cancer

Twitter: @sakhurram


In my spare time I love to listen to music (I am an old rocker at heart)! I am also a member of the University of Sheffield Staff Cricket Team. I am really interested in technology, IT, multimedia, gadgets and am a bit of a geek!.