Dr Sobia Zafar

People involved in Paediatric Dentistry related clinical research (* indicates those also working within Metro North HHS)

Dr Sobia Zafar

Dr Sakher AlQahtani

* Dr Karthika Balaji

Current students

Dr Yvonne Lai (PhD)

Dr Thomas Hogerheyde (MPhil)

  • Investigation of the effects of disinfection and sterilisation protocols on preformed paediatric crowns (Lead: S Zafar)
  • The biocompatibility of Paediatric Stainless steel crowns in the oral cavity (Lead: S Zafar)
  • Evaluating oral health and its impacts in Rett syndrome- stepping-stones to achieving a better quality of life (Lead: S Zafar)
  • Assessment of paediatric dentistry dental curricula (Lead: S Zafar)
  • The use of digital assessment tools in preclinical paediatric dental education (Lead: S Zafar)
  • The effect of Silver Diamine Fluoride on caries arrest and in hypomineralised first permanent molars (Lead: S Zafar)
  • Improving the oral health of individuals with Rett syndrome (Lead: S Zafar)
  • Assessment and reliability of the London Atlas for age estimation in Australian Children (Lead: S AlQahtani)
  • Interprofessional care for paediatric and special needs dental patients and (Lead: S Zafar)
  • Association between disability status and dental attendance patterns in children
  • Oral health of children of parents who are smokers and the knowledge and opinions of parents about oral healthcare for their children
  • Evaluation of dental trauma management strategies in children


  • Zafar, Sobia, Renner, Paul and Zachar, Jessica (2020). Dental trauma simulation training using a novel 3D printed tooth model. Dental Traumatology edt.12585 doi: 10.1111/edt.12585
  • Zafar, Sobia and Siddiqi, Allauddin (2020). Biological responses to pediatric stainless steel crowns. Journal of Oral Science, 62 (3), 245-249. doi: 10.2334/josnusd.20-0083
  • Shih, Wen, Tran, Kenny, Yang, Vivian, El Masoud, Bilal, Sexton, Christopher and Zafar, Sobia (2020). Investigation of inter- and intra-rater reliability using digital dental software for prosthodontics crown preparations. Journal of Dental Education, 84 (9), 1037-1045. doi: 10.1002/jdd.12180
  • Siddiqi, A., Zafar, S., Sharma, A. and Quaranta, A. (2020). Diabetes mellitus and periodontal disease: the call for interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative care - a systematic review of the literature. Journal of Interprofessional Care. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1825354.
  • Archana Pradhan, Zachar, Jessica, Zafar, Sobia. Oral health condition and treatment needs amongst children with intellectual disabilities attending Special Olympics Australia. Journal of Dentistry for Children. 2020. In press
  • Zafar, Sobia, Lai, Yvonne, Sexton, Christopher and Siddiqi, Allauddin (2020).Virtual Reality as a novel educational tool in preclinical paediatric dentistry training: students' perceptions. International journal of paediatric dentistry, 30 (6) ipd.12648, 791-797. doi: 10.1111/ipd.12648
  • McLaughlin, Katy I., Milne, Trudy J., Zafar, Sobia, Zanicotti, Diogo G., Cullinan, Mary P., Seymour, Gregory J. and Coates, Dawn E. (2020).The in vitro effect of VEGF receptor inhibition on primary alveolar osteoblast nodule formation. Australian Dental Journal, 65 (3) adj.12752, 196-204. doi: 10.1111/adj.12752
  • Zafar, Sobia and Zachar, Jessica (2020). Evaluation of augmented reality application for learning dental anatomy as a novel educational tool. European Journal of Dental Education, 24 (2) eje.12492, 259-265. doi: 10.1111/eje.12492
  • Zafar, Sobia, Cullinan, Mary P., Drummond, Bernadette K., Seymour, Gregory J. and Coates, Dawn E. (2020).Effects of zoledronic acid and geranylgeraniol on angiogenic gene expression in primary human osteoclasts. Journal of Oral Science, 62 (1), 79-83. doi: 10.2334/josnusd.19-0130
  • Mei, Li, Lai, Yvonne, Lee, Peter, Ng, Austin, Tan, Kevin, Zafar, Sobia and Guan, Guangzhao (2020).Final year dental students' career plans, work patterns, work-life balance and domestic life in New Zealand and Australia. European Journal of Dental Education, 24 (4) eje.12556, 679-686. doi: 10.1111/eje.12556.



  • Lau, Jeremy, Ng, Lei, Siddiqi, Allauddin and Zafar, Sobia (2019). Paediatric dentists treating children on bisphosphonates: a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study. Pediatric Dentistry, 41 (4), 285-292.
  • Kan, Samantha, Ho, Vanessa, Siddiqi, Allauddin and Zafar, Sobia (2019). The prevalence of percutaneous exposure incidents among staff and students treating pediatric patients. Journal of Dentistry for Children, 86 (2), 81-87.
  • Siddiqi, A., Zafar, S., Sharma, A. and Quaranta, A. (2019). Diabetic patient's knowledge of the bidirectional link: are dental healthcare professionals effectively conveying the message?. Australian Dental Journal, 64 (4) adj.12721, 312-326. doi: 10.1111/adj.12721