Alastair Sloan is Professor of Tissue Engineering and Dental Biology and the current Head of School of Melbourne Dental School. An applied bioscientist, he obtained his BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Wales and his PhD in Oral Pathology from The University of Birmingham, UK. Following postdoctoral research he was appointed Lecturer in Oral Biology at the School of Dentistry, The University of Birmingham in 2000. In 2005, he moved to the School of Dentistry, Cardiff University to set up the Mineralised Tissue Research Lab. He was Head of the Department of Oral and Biomedical Sciences at the School of Dentistry between 2010-2015 and between 2015-2017 he was Director of the Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER), a University Research Centre. He was appointed Dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University in 2017, a post which he held until January 2020 when he relocated to The University of Melbourne.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and in 2022 was awarded an Ad Eundem Fellowship of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (FFDRCSI). Alastair has been awarded in excess of AUD$10M of external grant funding and published over 100 peer reviewed papers. He currently sits as a research funding panel member for the EU and Research Foundation Flanders Med-09 Panel having previously been a member of the UK grant panels. Externally, he was appointed as Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) in 2023. In 2022 he was awarded the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Distinguished Scientist Award, The Isaac Schour Memorial Award, for his research in anatomical sciences and tissue engineering.