“I am an early-career researcher with a track record of twenty publications in high-impact journals, over thirty conference presentations, and keynote presentations in world leader conferences.”
What does your role as a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Dental School involve?
I joined Melbourne Dental School as a Senior Research Fellow in July 2020 and undertook collaborations on ASPREE and ALSOP studies that focused on understanding the impact of social demographics, behavioural risk factors, and chronic diseases on oral health outcomes of older adults (70+ years).
In addition, I am liaising with Professor Stuart Dashper and Professor Alastair Sloan to engage in projects where I can make use of my epidemiology and clinical decision-making skills.
Can you share some of your career highlights?
I am an early-career researcher with a track record of twenty publications in high-impact journals, over thirty conference presentations, and keynote presentations in world leader conferences. I have recently been awarded a Fellowship of Pierre Fauchard Academy for my contribution to areas of oral health research.
I am also a dentist with a Masters in Periodontology from the University of Malaya (2015) and a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Tasmania (2019). Currently, I am employed as a Research Fellow at The Alfred Health and Deakin University Partnership. I work in clinical decision-making and the health service delivery research unit.
How does your honorary role at the Melbourne Dental School benefit you?
My role with the Melbourne Dental School will enable me to foster partnerships and collaborations on innovative projects that improve oral health outcomes for people with disabilities, disadvantaged backgrounds, chronic diseases and people of old age. I aim to work on projects that improve oral health care delivery in marginalised communities, including rural and remote areas of Australia and developing nations.
Can you tell us about your clinical/research/education interests?
I actively seek collaborations in areas of Child Oral Health, Oral Health for older people, and Disability Oral Health Research.
Would you be interested in connecting with other members of the MDS community?
I would be delighted to connect with researchers from the Melbourne Dental School and the broader University community. I look forward to collaborations in oral health and across disciplines and welcome the opportunity to work with researchers at the School.
Shah's contact email is listed in the University of Melbourne Outlook Global Address List.