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Shahrukh Khan

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PhD Candidate – Centre for Rural Health
Address: Level 2, Railway square building
1-7 Liverpool Street Hobart
Phone: 0450 130 887


Shahrukh is a dentist from Pakistan with extensive background in medical/oral health research. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for Rural Health at the University of Tasmania. His PhD focuses on Risk factors for periodontitis in the Australian adult population. As part of his PhD collaborations he was awarded position of Honorary Research Associate at the Charles Perkins Centre in University of Sydney. He currently holds a visiting scholar position with University of Adelaide.

Career summary


2016-2019 Doctorate of Philosophy
Dissertation topic: Risk factors for periodontitis in the Australian adults
University of Tasmania
2016-2017 Graduate Certificate in Research University of Tasmania
2015 Masters of Dental Science - Periodontology University of Malaya – Malaysia
2010 Bachelor of Dental Surgery Baqai Medical University, Pakistan

Languages (other than English)

Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Pushto, Farsi, Bahasa Malaya.

Research Expertise

Oral Health, Periodontal disease, Obesity, Diet and Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, Dementia, Biomaterials, Oral cancer.

Research themes

Shah’s work aligns with University of Tasmania and College of Health and Medicine Research  theme of Better Health. Currently he is working on studying the association of  obesity and periodontitis in the Australian adults in collaboration with  University of Tasmania and University of Sydney.


2014 – current Member
International Association of Dental Research
2016 – current Member
Public Health Association of Australia
2012 – 2015 Member
Malaysian Dental Association
2016 – current Member
Australian Dental Association – Tasmania Branch
2010 – current Member
Ishaq Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan
2010 – current Member
Pakistan Dental Association


  1. Giles Barrington (Masters of Public Health Candidate)
    Association of obesity and dental caries.
  2. Abhinav Acharya (Centre for Rural health, Primary Practitioner Scholarship Recipient)
    Mentored in primary health practitioner program with learning and skill development in research (focused on systematic review on dental causes of preventable hospital admissions).
  3. Sangeeta Khadka (PHD student)
    A systematic review on aspiration pneumonia and oral microorganism’s relationship in residents of aged care facilities.
  4. Sameer Rizvi (Honours student, University of Sydney)
    Mentored in Honours final project focused on renal failure and periodontitis

Scholarships and Awards

  • Tasmanian Branch Scholarship of Public Health Association Australia (World Congress on Public Health)
  • Research Training Program Scholarship (Australian Government)
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and Australian Postgraduate Award (PhD Scholarship)
  • University of Tasmania 100% Tuition Fee Scholarship
  • Innovative programs towards Tasmanian children oral health promotion focused on dream smile
  • Designing and coordinating the Oral Health Promotion across Pakistan, Malaysia and Australia.
  • High Impact Research Travel Award - University of Malaya
  • University Malaya Research Grant – Travel Award
  • University of Malaya, Faculty of Dentistry – Travel Award.


Khan, S and Barrington, G and Bettiol, S and Barnett, T and Crocombe, L, “Is overweight/obesity a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents?: a systematic review”, Obesity Reviews pp. 1-32. doi:10.1111/obr.12668 ISSN 1467-7881 (2018) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

Awan, KH* and Hussain, QA* and Khan, S and Peeran, SW* and Hamam, MK* and Al Hadlaq, E* and Al Bagieh, H*, “Accomplishments and challenges in tobacco control endeavours – report from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries”, The Saudi Dental Journal doi:10.1016/j.sdentj.2017.08.003 ISSN 1013-9052 (2017) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

**Awan, KH* and Khan, S and Abadeen, Z* and Khalid, T*, “Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of dental students towards obesity”, The Saudi Dental Journal28 pp. 44-48. doi:10.1016/j.sdentj.2015.01.005ISSN 1013-9052 (2016) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

**Javaid, A* and Asad, M* and Khan, S and Berkth, M*, “Practice of Dental Pulp Protection Methods among Various Teaching Institutions in Pakistan”, Journal of The Pakistan Dental Association25 (1) pp. 16-20. ISSN 1680-2292 (2016) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

Khan, S and Khalid, T* and Awan, KH*, “Chronic periodontitis and smoking: Prevalence and dose-response relationship”, Saudi Medical Journal37 (8) pp. 889-894. doi:10.15537/smj.2016.8.14223 ISSN 0379-5284 (2016) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

**Khan, S and Saub, R* and Vaithilingam, RD* and Safii, SH* and Vethakkan, SR* and Baharuddin, NA*, “Prevalence of chronic periodontitis in an obese population: a preliminary study”, BMC Oral Health15Article 114. doi:10.1186/s12903-015-0098-3 ISSN 1036-7314 (2016) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

**Awan, KH* and Khan, S, “Nanotechnology and its role in dentistry: A review”, Hard Tissue3 (1) pp. 1-4. ISSN 2050-2303 (2014) [Refereed Article] [Full Text] [Detail]

Conference Publication

Khan, S and Crocombe, LA and Bettiol, SS and Barnett, T, “Chronic Periodontitis: the hidden pandemic?”, 3 minute thesis presentation, Hobart, Tasmania (2017) [Conference Extract] [Full Text] [Detail]

Khan, S and Barrington, G* and Bettiol, SS and Kent, K and Barnett, T and Crocombe, LA, “Is sugar consumption an associative factor for obesity and periodontitis in Australian adults?”, 2017 International Association for Dental Research conference, 25 - 27 September 2017, Adelaide (2017) [Conference Extract] [Full Text] [Detail]

Khan, S and Bettiol, S and Barnett, T and Crocombe, L, “Overweight/obesity is a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents: a systematic review”, 15th World Congress of Public Health, 2-7 April 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract] [Detail]

Khan, S and Barrington, G and Bettiol, SS and Barnett, T and Crocombe, LA, “Overweight/obesity is a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents: a systematic review”, World Congress on Public Health, 3 April, 2017, Melbourne, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract] [Detail]

Khan, S, “Research in Australia: Challenges, Vision, Scope and Expectations”, Guest talk, The Age Khan University, October 2017, Karachi, Pakistan (2017) [Keynote Presentation] [Full Text] [Detail]

Khan, S, “Socio-economic status: Periodontitis-Obesity Bridge”, UTAS Three Minute Thesis Competition 2016, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Conference Extract] [Full Text] [Detail]

**Khan, S and Kamaruzzaman, SB* and John, J* and Swaminathan, D*, “Risk indicators of Chronic periodontitis in Community Dwelling Elderly Malaysians”, 23-26 August, 2015, University of Otago, NZ (2015) [Conference Extract] [Full Text] [Detail]

Other Public Output

Khan, S and Bettiol, S and Barnett, T and Crocombe, L, “Social Determinants: Common Risk Factors for Chronic Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases”, University of Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1-5. (2018) [Government or Industry Research] [Full Text] [Detail]

Khan, S, “Bring oral health back into general health”, Healthy Morning 'Health TV Channel', Pakistan, 6 July 2017 (2017) [Media Interview] [Full Text] [Detail]