Profile: Dr Sadna Rajan

Dr Sadna Rajan is a lecturer and Convener of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Paediatric Dentistry program at the Melbourne Dental School.

She completed her clinical training in Paediatric Dentistry in Leeds UK (2011) and subsequently obtained her membership, MPaedDent RCS (England & Glasgow), in 2012.

Asked why she recommends a career in dentistry, Dr Rajan says: “From my personal experience, dentistry is a wonderful career for women in STEMM. There are many opportunities, including clinical practice, teaching and research, which leads to great flexibility for worklife balance through life stages. More than that, it’s a truly rewarding profession.”

Her CV illustrates this well. She has been a clinical academic for the past 13 years, and specialist in Paediatric dentistry with AHPRA since 2014. Her special interests include management of dental caries, paediatric endodontics, dental trauma, inhalation sedation and developmental dental anomalies in healthy and medically compromised children. Her research interests range from cariology to the study of dental pulp in relation to infection, inflammation and regeneration, and paediatric endodontics. She received the Charles Eleanor Knowles best research award (2011) from the University of Leeds, and Young Researcher Travel Award (2012) from the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry.