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.  

  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; 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)
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  • 2022 - Runner up, Colgate Poster competition (Senior division) at International Association for Dental Research (IADR) ANZ division, Melbourne Australia.
  • 2022 - The Joan Chong Award in Dental Materials, IADR ANZ Division Award
  • 2021 - Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for excellent mentoring of students and/or other educators
  • 2020 - Clark Family Award - Australian Dental Research Foundation
  • 2020 - Runner up in the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) ANZ division Colgate Poster competition held virtually.
  • 2019 - Best Poster Award International Association for Dental Research (IADR) ANZ division Colgate Poster competition, Brisbane.
  • 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 - Griffith University HDR travel award to attend Termis congress, Boston, USA.
  • 2015 - Colgate travel award to attend International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meeting at Dunedin.
  • 2015 - Runner up in the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) ANZ division Colgate Poster competition (Senior division) at Dunedin, New Zealand.
  • 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 - Represented Griffith University at the International Student research forum at Aberdeen University, United Kingdom.
  • 2015 - Griffith University Molecular Basis of Disease group travel award.
  • 2012 to 2015 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • 2012 to 2015 - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
  • 2012 - International Dental Research Foundation (IADR), Australian and New Zealand Division
  • 2006 - International Dental Research Foundation (IADR), Indian Division
  • 2006 - Bangalore Academy of Periodontology
  • 2006 - Indian Society of Periodontology
  • 2012 to 2016 - Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 59+ research outputs authored by Prof Dileep Sharma from 2006 onwards.

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International College of Dentists - Global Visionary Fund

Building Capacity for Periodontal Disease Management in the Kingdom of Tonga

Indicative Funding
$2,500 over 5 years
Periodontitis is an inflammation of the bone supporting teeth. It destroys the jawbone and is prevalent globally. Left untreated, it will lead to tooth loss and internal toxicity. It affects heart disease and diabetes. There is a lack of clinical capacity in Tonga to treat this. Local Dentists will be trained to assess, treat, and monitor this disease. The community will be screened, patients with the disease identified and then treated. Patients will be monitored by their dentists. The study findings will be shared with the local dental health administration and published in relevant journals for the global community.
Mohammed Shorab, Peter Leggat and Dileep Sharma (College of Medicine & Dentistry)
Periodontitis; Tonga

Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre Limited - Microfunding Scheme

Bayesian disease mapping to identify the high-risk population within North Queensland and interventional program for oral cancer prevention.

Indicative Funding
$19,500 over 2 years
Oral cancer 5-year survival rates have remained less than 50% for several decades, despite significant improvements in treatment. This is primarily due to patients generally presenting late with advanced stages of the disease. Consequently, in many cases, oral cancer is incurable or requires extensive life-changing surgery and chemo-radiotherapy. Early diagnosis through targeted screening of high-risk population groups would result in more favourable survival rates and treatment outcomes. The aim of this project is to identify specific, local populations in Northern Queensland at increased risk of developing oral cancer with a view to developing a target screening program for oral cancers.
Peter Thomson, Dileep Sharma, Matt Field, Poornima Ramamurthy and Yousef Abdalla (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service)
Bayesian Disease Mapping; Oncology

Australian Dental Research Foundation Inc - Research Grant

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

Indicative Funding
$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 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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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Capacity Building for Periodontal Disease Management in Tonga (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Retrospective Case note review of Oral Surgery in a University Dental Clinic (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Influence of Coagulopathies and Anti-Thrombotic Drugs on Contemporary Dental Treatment: A University Teaching Clinic Study (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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