Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Lifong became a Clinical Scientist registered by HPC after being awarded her PhD on the optical measurement of free form surfaces and becoming involved with the facial laser scanning of patients. Working in an interdisciplinary environment at the Clinical Dental Biometrics Laboratory (CDBL), together with clinicians and postgraduate students, she has conducted numerous clinically-related research projects with many of them resulting in published work. As a result of this success in research, the CDBL has expanded its activities and equipment. Lifong graduated in the subject of Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) with a Bachelor Degree of Science from Beijing University. In the mid-1980s, early in her career, she used one of the first 3-D CAD/CAM software programmes called CATIA (Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application, Dassault System) for designing the outline of aircrafts and simulating undercarriage tests. With this expertise she came to England, to be employed by the British Aerospace (BAe) in Hatfield, UK. Lifong has always been interested in medicine and dentistry and started to apply CAD/CAM knowledge to computer aided metrology in dentistry in 1990 in the Biometrics Lab of the Institute of Denistry.
Digital dentistry,3D/4D intra and extra oral surface quantification, Dental CAD/CAM and dental 3D printing