Researcher biography

Sobia is a specialist paediatric dentist and a Discipline Lead in Paediatric Dentistry at The University of Queensland. She completed a Bachelor of Dentistry from the National University of Sciences and Technology (Pakistan). Hereafter, she attained her master's degree from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) and subsequently a DClinDent and a PhD degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand). She has over 100 publications, comprising of full papers, a book chapter and published abstracts, in both national and international peer-review journals. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards: including, University of Otago Doctoral scholarships (2010, 2014), Colgate senior category IADR ANZ division award (2012), best student presenter prize at the Faculty of Dentistry Annual Research Day of University of Otago (2012, 2015), winner IADR NZ division Travel Award (2015). Her research and clinical interests are in the fields of dental education, digital dentistry, and the oral and dental health of children including those with special needs, and she is frequently an invited speaker nationally and internationally on these subjects. She has also conducted multiple hands-on courses for the Australian Dental Association Qld branch and overseas. She recently received a "Commendation for Substantive Contributions to Student Learning Award" from The University of Queensland based on her contribution to dental education. She obtained over AUD75,000 as research grants for her research projects. Sobia has successfully supervised 32 DMD and BDSc (Hons) research projects, and currently supervising MPhil, DClinDent and PhD candidates. She holds the memberships of the ADA, ANZSPD, IADR, AAPD, and EAPD, and is a reviewer for several dental journals including IJPD.