Researcher biography

Dr Sowmya Shetty is Lecturer in Dentistry at The University of Queensland, School of Dentistry. Currently she is the Student Experience Coordinator. Previously she has served in a range of roles within UQ Dentistry, including as Course Coordinator for several courses over the last ten years, Research Higher Degrees Coordinator, Teaching and Learning Chair, Program Coordinator, External Engagement Coordinator and Placements Coordinator.

She is focussed on student partnerships for improving course design, assessment and feedback.

Additionally, she is motivated to understand and improve clinical and observational placement experiences for students, especially focussing on interprofessional education. She is currently working on several open educational resources in collaboration with year 1-3 course coordinators to create custom designed open access textbooks for UQ dentistry courses. Some of these are being developed with student partner contribution and feedback, via Student Staff Partnership grants.

Her research interests stemming from her PhD primarily focussed on dental materials testing, especially methodology. She worked to understand dentine permeability and links to bonding mechanisms as well as sensitivity, virtual surface mapping in tooth wear, CAD/CAM, fatigue test design and evaluation, fracture surface analysis and failure forecasting.