Dr Sobia Zafar

Clinical Senior Lecturer

School of Dentistry
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
s.zafar@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 58048

Overview

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.

Research Impacts

Awards

  • 2022 HABS Commendation for Substantive Contributions to Student Learning Award (Early Career Researcher),The University of Queensland
  • 2022 LeadHers Community Leadership Award, The University of Queensland
  • 2022 Appreciation Award for Community Work, Turbans4Australia, Green and Gold Charity, Australia
  • 2022 UQ Techaing Excellence Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) Commendation, The University of Queensland
  • 2022 Best Research Supervisor Award, UQ School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland
  • 2021 HABS Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) Commendation, The University of Queensland
  • 2020 HABS Commendation for Substantive Contributions to Student Learning (CSCSL) Award, The University of Queensland
  • 2015 Awarded Best student presenter prize at Annual Research Day, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 2015 Winner IADR NZ division Travel Award, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 2014 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, New Zealand
  • 2013 University of Otago Departmental Scholarship, New Zealand
  • 2012 Awarded Runner up Colgate senior category IADR ANZ Division, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 2012 Awarded Best student presenter prize at Annual Research Day, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • 2011 University of Otago Departmental Scholarship, New Zealand
  • 2010 University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship, New Zealand
  • 2007 Awarded Best Junior Researcher prize, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2001 Gold Medal in Oral Pathology (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan)
  • 2001 Distinction in Oral Pathology (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan)
  • 2000 Gold Medal in Oral Medicine & Periodontology (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan)
  • 1999 Gold Medal in Dental Anatomy, Histology &Tooth Morphology (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan)

Professional Memberships

  • 2020- present Women in Technology (WiT)
  • 2020 - present The Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN)
  • 2020- present International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT)
  • 2020- present The Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN)
  • 2016- present Australian Dental Association (ADA)
  • 2015- present Australia & New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry (ANZSPD)
  • 2015- present Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
  • 2012- present International Association of Dental Research (IADR)

Qualifications

  • Membership of the RACDS(Paed), RACDS
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy, HEA
  • Fellow of the International College of Dentists, ICD
  • Bachelor of Dental Science, National University of Sciences and Technology
  • Master of Clinical Dentistry, UWC
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Otago
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, University of Otago

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor