Ashraf Ayoub qualified BDS from the University of Cairo in 1982. He completed a three year Residency in Oral Surgery at Cairo University and graduated MDS. He then moved to the University of Glasgow, where he graduated PhD in 1993. He gained the FDS RCS Ed in 1992 and in 1998 completed his higher specialist training in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Glasgow in 1998 and Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in 2003. He is currently The Glasgow lead of the Scottish Craniofacial Research Group.
Prof. Ayoub is the editor of the oral Surgery section of the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He is leading a research group to study facial deformities using the recent advances in 3D imaging. Prof. Ayoub is the lead surgeon of a team which includes orthodontics, technologists, psychologist, computer scientists and statistician to investigate facial malformations. He has received several awards & honours, published around 60 research articles on this field of interest and lectured on the same topic locally, nationally & internationally. Prof. Ayoub’s research team was successful in obtaining several research grants to conduct an extensive multidisciplinary research projects to characterise facial deformities and quantify surgical changes. The results of these investigations were presented at several internationally conferences. He also supervised several Master’s and PhD’s in the area of stereophotogrammetry and edited a text book on the correction of dentofacial deformities. In collaboration with colleagues he organises the Glasgow biannial course on the recent advances of the diagnosis and management of dento-facial deformities. He is now also one of the leading clinicians researching the use of 4D stereo photogrammetry for the assessment of facial animation.
Professor Ayoub is the principal investigator and leading a team of researchers to study the utilisation of the recent advances of bone bioengineering for maxillofacial reconstruction. . He also coordinated the Bone Bioengineering summit in Glasgow in 2005. The team was successful in obtaining a research grant to conduct an extensive animal research. The results of this investigation were presented locally, nationally, and internationally in addition to several published articles in refereed journals. The results were translated to human application, BMP has been successful used for the reconstruction of alveolar cleft. In recognition of his contribution to the filed of bioengineering he was elected a member of the executive committee of the United Kingdom Society of Biomaterials (UKSB) in 2008.
Professor Ayoub was nominated for the Best Undergraduate Student Teaching Award 2013/14 and was awarded the University of Glasgow Best research supervisor award, in 2015 (Video below)
Professor Ayoub’s research interests are in three main areas:
1. Three-dimensional facial modelling to assess craniofacial malformations
2. Bone Biology This work focuses on bone bioengineering, in particular distraction osteogenesis, application of Bone Morphogenic Protein in craniofacial reconstruction, and bone healing around dental implants.
3. Management of Alcohol related facial injuries This work examines the application of brief motivational interviews for reduction of alcohol consumption in patients with alcohol related facial injuries.
Prof Ayoub has raised over £1m in research grants to support his research and has published in excess of 74 peer-reviewed papers. He is Editor of the Oral Surgery section of the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and a member of the Editorial board of the British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.