Dr Sharma joined the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia as a Senior Lecturer and discipline lead in Periodontology in 2016. Dileep completed his Bachelor Degree in Dentistry and Clinical Masters in Periodontology from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences India, with high distinction. He started his teaching tenure at the same university and from there on he has accumulated over a decade of teaching and research experience in various universities both in India and Australia.

Dr Sharma’s Australian career started on the award of highly competitive and prestigious Commonwealth Funded scholarships, the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and International Postgraduate research scholarship (IPRS) to conduct his research project on Medication-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) that led to award of PhD from Griffith University, Australia. His tenure was highlighted by prestigious peer-reviewed publications, multiple awards for scientific and academic achievement(s) and competitive research grants along with sessional teaching at School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Griffith University.

Dileep is currently leading a research team working on the development of novel Ceramic dental Implant material that is deemed to be the future of metal-free Implant Dentistry.

Dileep is on the advisory panel for multiple PhD and Honours candidates whilst being in-charge of developing and delivery of undergraduate curriculum in Periodontology for the BDS course and also the Year Coordinator for Year 4 in Dentistry.  

  • DS2003: Operative Dentistry 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2004: Operative Dentistry 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2101: Simulated Clinical Dentistry Part 1 of 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry Part 2 of 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5101: Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS6501: Dental Implantology Part 1 of 2 (Level 6; CNS)
  • DS6502: Dental Implantology Part 2 of 2 (Level 6; CNS)
  • Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Councillor, IADR Australia and New Zealand Division: FNQ Section.
  • Bone Biology and Resorption, Medication-related Osteonecrosis of Jaws (MRONJ), Titanium Implant Surfaces, Zirconia Implants, Periodontal Disease Pathogenesis Oral Cancer in FNQ region
  • Periodontology, Implant Dentistry, Research Methodology in Dentistry
  • 2012 to 2016 - Doctorate fellow & Sessional Academic, Griffith University (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Reader in Periodontics, Bhavnagar University (Bhavnagar, India)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Lecturer in Periodontics, Al Fateh (Tripoli) University (Tripoli, Libya)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Sr. Lecturer in Periodontics, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (Bangalore, India)
Research Disciplines
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  • 2020 - Clark Family Award - ADRF 2020
  • 2017 - Paper Presentation Award : 2nd Place at The 1st Australasia Osteology Foundation Research Forum, Melbourne.
  • 2016 - Best Poster award at the Australian Society of Periodontology Biennial Scientific Conference, Brisbane.
  • 2015 - Runner up in the IADR ANZ division Colgate Poster competition (Senior division) at Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • 2015 - Represented Griffith University at the International Student research forum at Aberdeen University, United Kingdom.
  • 2015 - Griffith University HDR travel award to attend Termis congress, Boston, USA.
  • 2015 - Griffith University Molecular Basis of Disease group travel award.
  • 2015 - Tom Higgins Memorial Student Publication Award presented by Australian Periodontology Research Foundation.
  • 2015 - Poster adjudged to be in the Top 25 presentations at 4th Termis World Congress, Boston, USA.
  • 2015 - Colgate travel award to attend IADR meeting at Dunedin.
  • 2020 to 2021 - The Clark Family - Research Award 2020
  • 2012 to 2015 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • 2012 to 2015 - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
  • 2012 - Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
  • 2012 - International Dental Research Foundation (IADR), Australian and New Zealand Division
  • 2006 - International Dental Research Foundation (IADR), Indian Division
  • 2006 - Bangalore Academy of Periodontology
  • 2021 to 2022 - Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre (TAAHC) 2021 Micro-Funding Scheme 2021 - $19500
  • 2020 to 2021 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant - $5500
  • 2016 to 2017 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant (# 91-2016) - $5470
  • 2015 to 2016 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant (# 77-2015) - $12727
  • 2015 - School of Dentistry Research Grant - $5000
  • 2014 to 2015 - Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant (# 86-2014) - $9000

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Journal Articles

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 45+ research outputs authored by Dr Dileep Sharma from 2006 onwards.

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Australian Dental Research Foundation Inc - Research Grant

Development and characterization of a Novel Zirconia Implant material with enhanced mechanical properties and bio-compatibility

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$5,450 over 1 year
Zirconia dental implants have been recently developed as a viable, aesthetic, non-metallic alternative for dental implant fabrication compared to the titanium implants. However, significant challenges have been encountered in acceptance of zirconia implants in clinical practice due to the low fracture resistance inherent within the zirconia material that can lead to structural failure of implant. This has created a need for further research into its crystalline composition and forms to further enhance the mechanical properties of zirconia making it more suitable for dental implants. This study will assess the mechanical and chemical properties of the novel zirconia material developed in our lab and evaluates the effect of various surface modifications on its mechanical properties. Furthermore, cellular interactions that play a vital role in wound healing after placement of implant will be ascertained to promote successful implant osseointegration of novel zirconia dental implants.
Dileep Sharma, Catherine Miller and Elsa Dos Santos Antunes (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and College of Science & Engineering)
Implants; Prosthodontics; Biomechanics; Mechanical Properties; Zirconia; Surface Modification

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