( Director Scientific Affairs and Innovation )

Dr. Umer Daood is a renowned name in Adhesive Dentistry, Dental Materials and Dental Research in General. Dr. Daood has an impeccable research and teaching record. Umer Daood has authored several important research publications on his topic of interest. Dr. Umer Daood has a Adhensive dentistry from Hong Kong University and a Masters degree in Dental Materials from Queen Mary University, London and National University of Singapore. Dr. Daood is a prolific scientific writer and contributes regularly to top international medical and dental journals. He is currently working as a Senior lecturer in the department of dentistry and the International Medical University in Malaysia.

Selected Bibliography:

⦁ Mahdi SS, Ahmed Z, Allana R, Peretti A, Amenta F, Nadeem Bijle M, Seow LL, Daood U. Pivoting Dental Practice Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic-A Systematic Review. Medicina (Kaunas). 2020 Nov 25;56(12):644. doi: 10.3390/medicina56120644. PMID: 33255716; PMCID: PMC7761202.

⦁ Daood U, Parolia A, Matinlinna J, Yiu C, Ahmed HMA, Fawzy A. Properties of a modified quaternary ammonium silane formulation as a potential root canal irrigant in endodontics. Dent Mater. 2020 Dec;36(12):e386-e402. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2020 Oct 1. PMID: 33010944.
⦁ Qasim SSB, Nogueira LP, Fawzy AS, Daood U. Correction to: the Effect of Cross-Linking Efficiency of Drug-Loaded Novel Freeze Gelated Chitosan Templates for Periodontal Tissue Regeneration. AAPS PharmSciTech. 2020 Sep 1;21(7):250. doi: 10.1208/s12249-020-01778-x. Erratum for: AAPS PharmSciTech. 2020 Jun 16;21(5):173. PMID: 32875436; PMCID: PMC7645558.

⦁ Daood U, Matinlinna JP, Pichika MR, Mak KK, Nagendrababu V, Fawzy AS. A quaternary ammonium silane antimicrobial triggers bacterial membrane and biofilm destruction. Sci Rep. 2020 Jul 3;10(1):10970. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-67616-z. PMID: 32620785; PMCID: PMC7335202.

⦁ Daood U, Fawzy AS. Minimally invasive high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) improves dentine remineralization with hydroxyapatite nanorods. Dent Mater. 2020 Mar;36(3):456-467. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2020 Jan 31. PMID: 32008748.

⦁ Daood U, Sauro S, Pichika MR, Omar H, Liang Lin S, Fawzy AS. Novel riboflavin/VE-TPGS modified universal dentine adhesive with superior dentine bond strength and self-crosslinking potential. Dent Mater. 2020 Jan;36(1):145-156. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2019 Dec 7. PMID: 31818524.

⦁ Daood U, Burrow MF, Yiu CKY. Effect of a novel quaternary ammonium silane cavity disinfectant on cariogenic biofilm formation. Clin Oral Investig. 2020 Feb;24(2):649-661. doi: 10.1007/s00784-019-02928-7. Epub 2019 May 21. PMID: 31115692.


(Director Material Science)

Dr. Syed Saad B Qasim graduated with a degree in dentistry from Karachi, Pakistan in 2006. Thereon he went to QueenMary University of London, England in 2007 to pursue a Masters degree in Dental Biomaterials and a worked on Polyurethne based antimicrobial membranes for Guided tissue regeneration as the thesis project. In 2008 he worked as an academic in local dental colleges in Pakistan in the Dental Materials department, using his skills and experience acquired abroad to rejuvenate the existing biomaterials curriculum. He introduced problem-based learning (PBL) and conducted scientific sessions on research and development in the field of Dental Materials during 2008 to 2010 in Karachi. In 2010, he was offered a position at The King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a research scholar in Dental Biomaterials Research Chair. There is worked under Prof. Abdul Aziz Al-Khuraif on projects like color stability of dental resin composites slowly developing interest in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He was also able to establish bridges with research clusters across the globe during this time by inviting Prof Amr Fawzy from National University of Singapore, Prof Ihtehsam ur Rehman, Prof Jukka Pekka Matinlinna from Hong Kong University and Prof Pekka Valittu from Turku, Finland. This later led to a graduate degree program.

In 2012 he was offered a position at the University of Sheffield as a Doctoral Student in Materials Science and Engineering where he worked on Functionally Graded Guided tissue regenerative membrane for periodontal tissue engineering. The project led to publications in journals like Acta Biomaterialia, Dental Materials and Journal of Polymer Stability and Degradation. The project involved synthesizing porous and non-porous scaffolds using freeze gelation and electrospinning. Comprehensive in-vitro characterization and also involved handling Human embryonic stem cell derived mesenchymal progenitors (hESMP’s) and MG63. After completing his PhD, he worked as a part time Oral health product development specialist in Imperial Worldwide, Birmingham, England for 6 months and was offered a position as an Assistant Professor at Dar Al Uloom University, Faculty of Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In 2018 he joined University of Oslo, Norway, Department of Biomaterials as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and worked on Developing an in-vitro model for peri-implantitis. Simultaneously he also on drug delivery templates for Periodontal lesions. During this time, he was also able to clear License in Dental Surgery Part 1 from the Royal College of Surgeon of England.

In 2019 November he joined Kuwait University, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Bioclinical Sciences. In 2020 he was able to publish 8 manuscripts with 3 first author publications with a total impact factor of 22.957 and an article in Nature (Scientific Reports) was also the highlight of year 2020. Dr. Saad is also a consultant for 2 ongoing projects with Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement for Science (KFAS). Besides being interested in tissue engineering is likes Football, Table tennis, Fishing and being outdoors. Dr. Saad is also a food enthusiast and likes cooking in his spare time. 


( Director Research & International Affairs )

Dr. Syed Sarosh Mahdi (BDS, MSC (UK), Ph.D. (Italy) is the Director Research and Director International affairs of Athena Center For Advanced Research in Healthcare. Dr. Sarosh is also head of Community Dentistry Department and an Associate Professor in Dentistry. Dr. Sarosh has extensive research and academic expertise in the field of Public health. Dentistry, Telemedicine and dental Public health as he has worked on multiple international and national research projects. Sarosh has always combined dental aspects of my research with relevant public health issues. Apart from holding Master’s degree in Public health from University of Wolverhampton, Uk and a Ph.D. in Life and Public Health Sciences from University of Camerino, Italy, Dr Sarosh has also awarded three mobility Erasmus plus traineeship research grants ,which he completed from various top institutes in Europe including France, Netherlands and Belgium. Dr. Sarosh has successfully completed several public health projects and a part of his research during the Ph.D. that were also translational in nature, as he collaborated with many other experts from various health backgrounds like bioinformatics, telemedicine, pharmacy and dentistry. .A multidisciplinary research attitude and environment has made him very open to other possibilities. Sarosh also had the good fortune of working in extremely reputable institutions in Europe including the University of Maastricht in Netherlands, Institute of tropical medicine in Belgium and Claude Bernard University Lyon1 in France. That has really opened my up to international research environment and I would like to continue on the same trajectory. In 2015, C.I.R.M ( Centro Internationalzie Radio Medico), the Italian Telemedical assistance service awarded Dr. Syed Sarosh Mahdi the title of meritorious fellow for his services in Italy.

Selected Bibliography:

⦁ Khalid, T.; Mahdi, S.S.; Khawaja, M.; Allana, R.; Amenta, F. Relationship between Socioeconomic Inequalities and Oral Hygiene Indicators in Private and Public Schools in Karachi: An Observational Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8893

⦁ Mahdi, S.S.; Ahmed, Z.; Allana, R.; Peretti, A.; Amenta, F.; Nadeem Bijle, M.; Seow, L.L.; Daood, U. Pivoting Dental Practice Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic—A Systematic Review. Medicina 2020, 56, 644.
⦁ Grappasonni,I , Petrelli, I , Scuri,S, Mahdi,SS, Sibilio, F , Amenta, F (2019) ‘Knowledge and Attitudes on Food Hygiene among Food Services Staff on Board Ships’, Ann Ig, (30), pp. 162-172

⦁ Peretti, A., Amenta, F., Tayebati, S. K., Nittari, G., & Mahdi, S. S. Telerehabilitation: Review of the State-of-the-Art and Areas of Application. JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies.2017 4(2). doi:10.2196/rehab.7511

⦁ Tayabeti S, Nitarri G, Mahdi S, Ioannidis N, Sibilo F, Amenta F. Identification of World Health Organisation ship’s medicine chest contents by Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification codes. International Maritime Health. 2017;68(1):39-45.

⦁ Mahdi, S. & F. and Amenta, F. (2016). Eighty years of CIRM. A journey of commitment and dedication in providing maritime medical assistance International Maritime Health 2016; 67, (4): 1–9

⦁ Mahdi, S., Sibilio, F. and Amenta, F. (2016). Dental hygiene habits and oral health status of seafarers. International Maritime Health, 67(1), pp.9-13

⦁ Mahdi, S., Mancini, M., Nadim, R., & Amenta, F. Teledentistry: A Review on its Present Status and Future Perspectives. Journal of Dental & Oro-facial Research, 11(1), 24-30

⦁ Tomassoni, D., Traini, E., Mancini, M., Bramanti, V., Mahdi, S. and Amenta, F. (2015). Dopamine, vesicular transporters, and dopamine receptor expression in rat major salivary glands. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 309(5), pp.R585-R593

⦁ Mahdi SS, Mancini M, Sibilio F, Amenta F. Research Questionnaire on Perception of Seafarers about Oral Hygiene and Oral Dietary Habits. World J Dent 2015;6(1):1-4.

⦁ Hassan U, Farooq I, Mahdi S, Ullah R, Rana H. Newer Glass Ionomer Cements having Strontium Ions and the Effect of their Release on Acidic Medium. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2012;2(2):57-60
⦁ Sukhia RH, Sukhia Hr, Mahdi S. Soft Tissue changes with Retraction in Bi-Maxillary Protusion .Pakistan Oral & Dental Journal 2013;33(3):480-485