Ruba Mohammad Odeh

Ruba Mohammad Odeh

Assistant Professor
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Dr Ruba graduated from Ajman University, UAE in 2003 with a DDS degree. She was trained and worked at Ajman University and University of Sharjah teaching clinics until 2008. Dr Odeh was awarded BScDent in 2009 and completed her PhD in Dentistry in 2013 from School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, Australia. She received her Clinical training in Pediatric Dentistry at the Women's and Children Hospital, Adelaide. Dr Ruba is working as an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Dentistry at Ajman University since 2016. Her research interest is in Twins Research, Growth and Development, Dental Anatomy and Occlusion.

Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Dentistry, University of Adelaide, Australia 2013. Thesis Title: “Infraocclusion and associated dental anomalies in twins and singletons: is there an underlying genetic basis?”
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery, DDS, Ajman University of Science & Technology, UAE, 2003. Thesis Title: “Direct & Indirect Pulp Capping (Literature Review)”
  • Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (Honours), BSc Dent (Hons), University of Adelaide, Australia, 2009. Thesis Title: “Mutans streptococci colonization and their association with primary tooth emergence in Australian twins”
Experience
  • 2016 - present: Ajman University, Assistance Professor in Pediatric Dentistry: Teaching 4th year students in clinic: Clinical Pediatric Dentistry I and Clinical Pediatric Dentistry II. Research Supervisor 5th year Students. Academic adviser DDS students from 1st year to 5th year, College Coordinator Committee – graduation ceremony
  • 2008 - 2015: School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, Australia Dental Tutor and Lecturer: Pre-clinical teaching of BDS undergraduate year levels 1-3: BDS year level 1: Dental Learning Packages (DLP), Dental Anatomy, Dental Health & Science (DHS), and tutorial sessions. BDS year level 2: Dental Clinical Practice (DCP). BDS year level 3: DCP. Admission committee: Oral Assessments for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) 2015 Admissions
  • 2010 - 2012: Dental registrar at the Women’s and Children Hospital - involved in treating pediatric patient and medically compromised patients at the dental department using nitrous oxide gas and treatment under general anaesthesia. Member of the craniofacial treatment planning group and multidisciplinary clinics.
  • 2010 - 2012: School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, Australia Clinical tutor teaching of BDS 4 undergraduate dental students in Dental Clinical Practice (Pediatric Dentistry) course at Somerton Park Dental Clinics
  • 2006 - 2008: College of Dentistry, University of Sharjah, UAE Research Assistant Project: “The Impact of Dental Education on Changing Oral Health Behavior among Selected Students of Sharjah University”. Denal Tuor Clinical and Pre-clinical teaching at the undergraduate level. Instructor: Human Biology Laboratory
  • 2005 - 2006: Ministry of Health, Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Oral Health Project Centre
  • 2004 - 2005: College of Dentistry, Ajman University of Science and Technology, UAE Dental Tutor Clinical and Pre-clinical teaching at the undergraduate level
Teaching Area
  • 2016- present, Preclinical Pediatric Dentistry, Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Ajman University, UAE
  • 2008-2015, Pre-clinical teaching of BDS undergraduate year levels 1-3: - BDS year level 1: Dental Learning Packages (DLP), Dental Anatomy, Dental Health & Science (DHS), and tutorial sessions. - BDS 2-3: Dental Clinical Practice (DCP), Clinical Pediatric Dentistry BDS4, School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 2007-2008, Pre-clinical and clinical teaching at the undergraduate level, Human Biology, College of Dentistry, University of Sharjah, UAE
  • 2005-2006, Pre-clinical and clinical teaching at the undergraduate level, College of Dentistry, Ajman University, UAE
Research
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Growth and Development
  • Twin Research
  • Dental Anatomy and Occlusion
  • Dental education and assessment methods
Publications
  • Odeh R, Mihailidis S, Townsend G, Lahdesmak R, Hughes T, Brook A. 2016 Prevalence of infraocclusion of primary molars determined using a new 2D image analysis methodology. Australian dental journal 61 (2), 183-189
  • Odeh R, Townsend G, Mihailidis S, Lahdesmak R, Hughes T, Brook A. 2015 Infraocclusion: Dental development and associated dental variations in singletons and twins. Arch Oral Biol. 2015 Sep; 60(9):1394-402. doi: 10.1016/j.archoralbio.2015.06.010.
  • Odeh R, Mihailidis S, Townsend G, Lahdesmak R, Hughes T, Brook A. 2013 Genetic and environmental causes of variation in the expression of infraoccluded primary teeth. Australian Dental Journal 58 (4), S28
  • Bockmann MR, Harris AV, Bennett CN, Odeh R, Hughes TE and Townsend GC. 2011 Timing of colonization of caries-producing bacteria: an approach based on studying monozygotic twin pairs. International Journal of Dentistry 2011. Article ID 571573, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/571573.
  • Walia T, Brigi C, Odeh R, Maree BH, Yarub KR. Parental perceptions and drinking water source among pediatric population in the United Arab Emirates. J Int Oral Health 2019;11:61-5.
Conference Presentation
  • R. Odeh, G. Townsend, S. Mihailidis, T. Hughes, R. Lahdesmaki, A. Brook. Infraocclusion: clinical features and associated anomalies in singletons and twins . Abstract submitted and oral presentation performed at the ANZ Division of IADR, Brisbane, October 2014.
  • R. Odeh, G. Townsend, S. Mihailidis, T. Hughes, R. Lahdesmaki, A. Brook. Infraocclusion of primary molars and associated dental anomalies in twins and singletons: what is the underlying aetiology? Abstract submitted and oral presentation performed at the School of Dentistry, Research Day 2013, The University of Adelaide, August 2013.
  • R. Odeh, G. Townsend, S. Mihailidis, T. Hughes, R. Lahdesmaki, A. Brook. Genetic and environmental causes of variation in expression of infraoccluded primary teeth in twins and singletons. Abstract submitted and oral presentation performed at the Faculty of Health Sciences postgraduate research conference 2012, The University of Adelaide, August 2012.
  • R. Odeh, G. Townsend, S. Mihailidis, T. Hughes, R. Lahdesmaki, A. Brook. Genetic and environmental causes of variation in expression of infraoccluded primary teeth in twins and singletons. Abstract submitted and oral presentation performed at the School of Dentistry, Research Day 2012, The University of Adelaide, August 2012.
Memberships, Awards and Honors
  • Member: The Centre for Orofacial Research and Learning (CORAL) 2010-Present School of Dentistry, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Member: International Association of Dental Research (IADR) 2014-Present
  • Member: Craniofacial Research Biology Group (CRBG) 2010-Present School of Dentistry, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Member: International Association of Pediatric Dentists (IAPD) - UAE division 2016- present