Masuma Pervin Mishu
Research Fellow



Dr Masuma Mishu is an Epidemiological researcher and Associate Fellow in Higher Education Academy. As a research fellow, currently she is working in addressing smokeless tobacco and building research capacity in South Asia (ASTRA) programme. Previously she worked in Mental Health and Addiction Research group on mental and physical health co-morbidity in low and middle-income countries (LMICs); involved with ‘Health and Well-being study, and conducting a systematic review on the related area.

Masuma graduated in Dentistry (Bachelor of Dental surgery) from Dhaka Dental College Hospital and later did her MSc in Dental Public Health from University College London (UCL). She did her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, funded by Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

As a Doctoral researcher she conducted study on ‘Association of dental caries and anthropometric measures in 5-9 year old Bangladeshi children’ with 788 children-parents pair in Bangladesh’. She conducted a public engagement project titled ‘Healthy eating, healthy mouth’ (funded by UCL) during her PhD period. Previously she was involved a study on oral health in 1800 primary school children in deprived areas (rural and slum urban) of Bangladesh. She also worked as a clinical dentist in Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation on Diabetic Endocrine and Metabolic disorders (BIRDEM, WHO collaboration centre); Dhaka Dental College hospital; and different health centre in rural areas of Bangladesh.

Masuma also has interest and experience in teaching in higher education academy. She worked as a Post Graduate teaching assistant in ‘Basic Medical Statistics’ and ‘Regression modelling’ module of MSc Epidemiology and Public Health and ‘Research Method’ module of MSc Dental Public Health in UCL. In Bangladesh she also worked as a lecturer in Dental Public Health. She wants to develop her career in Epidemiological research and teaching.


  • PhD in Epidemiology and public health (UCL) 2013-2017
  • MSc in Dental Public health (UCL) 2010-2011
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Dhaka Dental College Hospital, DDCH) 2000-2005



Masuma's research interests focus on the association of oral health and other non-communicable diseases, physical and mental health comorbidity,  Common risk factor approach, smoking cessation and tobacco control, health and quality of life, health inequalities, Dental caries and child growth and nutrition in LMICs, Planning and policy making for better health in LMICs.


  • Health and well-being study
  • Investigating mental and physical comorbidity (Impact study)
  • Systematic review on diabetes and mental ill health in LMICs.

Research group(s)


Epidemiological research (with particular interest in LMICs), Oral health, Child oral health, growth and nutrition, health and quality of life, health inequalities, tobacco control

External activities


  • Member of European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH)
  • Associate Fellow in Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Executive member of voluntary organization MANAS (Association for the Prevention of smoking and drug abuse) in Bangladesh



Full publications list

Contact details

Dr Masuma Mishu
Research Fellow

Tel: (01904) 32 1772