Researcher biography

Sobia is a specialist paediatric dentist and the 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 received several scholarships and awards during her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Her research and clinical interests are in the fields of dental education, digital dentistry, and the oral health of children including those with special needs. She is frequently an invited speaker nationally and internationally on these subjects.

Sobia has over 100 publications, comprising full journal papers, a book chapter and published abstracts, in both national and international peer-reviewed journals. Sobia has successfully supervised 40 DMD and BDSc (Hons) research projects, two HDR (PhD and MPhil) and one DClinDent student. She is currently supervising 4 MPhil, 1 DClinDent and 2 PhD candidates. Sobia was the winner of the "Best Research Supervisor Award" for Higher Degree Research students in 2022 and also in 2023.

She is a passionate teacher, and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at UQ, and in the wider dental profession in Australia and overseas. She has also conducted multiple hands-on courses, both locally for the Australian Dental Association Qld branch, and overseas. Sobia has received multiple teaching awards and fellowships in recognition of her contributions, including from UQ the HABS Commendation for Substantive Contributions to Student Learning (2020), HABS Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) Commendation (2021), HABS Commendation for Substantive Contributions to Student Learning Award (2022), and a UQ Teaching Excellence Award for APEL Commendation (2022). In 2022 she gained Fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK as peer recognition for her accomplishments in dental education. She has recently received Excellence in Health Professional Education Award from the Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) and Flinders University (2023).

Sobia is a highly recognised and respected community leader. Sobia is involved with various dental charities including the Australian Dental Health Foundation, the Esesson Foundation, and the Turbans4Australia, to provide emergency and essential dental care to underprivileged children (refugees, asylum seekers, those with special needs, and from disadvantaged communities) in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions. Her efforts as a community leader and leading health professional have been recognised with awards within UQ (the 2022 LeadHers Rise Community Award), and at the national level (the 2022 Appreciation Award from Turbans4Australia). As recognition from her dental peers, she was granted Fellowship of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.