Omar Kujan

Dr, MDS DipOPath DM DDS <Hama PhD Manc. MFDS RCPS Glas. FHEA, FRCPath

  • The University of Western Australia (M512), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Dr Omar Kujan received his PhD degree from the University of Manchester, School of Dentistry in 2006. He was then appointed by the University of Manchester as a Clinical Research Fellow to develop and assess an innovative oral cytobrush. Afterwards, he took a training post at the Oral Pathology Department, Guy's Hospital, King's College of London, United Kingdom. He has most recently joined the Oral Health Centre and School of Dentistry at the University of Western Australia in 2016 as a senior lecturer and lead discipline in oral pathology.

His research expertise areas fall in the field of oral cancer screening, oral potentially malignant disorders, biomarkers for the prediction and prognostication of oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders, molecular pathology of oral carcinogenesis, and chemopreventive approaches.

His work has been rewarded by his contribution to the 2020 updated classification of oral potentially malignant disorders by WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Cancer. His proposed binary grading system of oral epithelial dysplasia has been adopted by the WHO classification of Head and Neck Tumours. Dr Kujan is the lead of Oral Medicine & Pathology research group at UWA Dental School and he has achieved a remarkable track record demonstrated by his successful research grant applications and publication of high-impact research papers. He currently supervises 4 PhD students and several DMD students. He is acting as an associate editor to Journal of Oral Pathology and Medcine, BMC Oral Health and he regularly reviews to leading journals in the field of dentistry, cancer and oral diseases.

Roles and responsibilities

-Lead discipline, Oral Pathology

-Graduate Research Coordinator

-Research Integrity Advisor

-Unit and module Coordinator

Teaching overview

He has developed an extensive teaching experience built on his academic work for 12 years. He was responsible for delivering dental courses in relation to oral diagnostic sciences theoretically and clinically on both levels undergraduate and postgraduate.

Research

His research expertise areas fall in the field of oral cancer screening, oral potentially malignant disorders, biomarkers for the prediction and prognostication of oral cancer and potentially malignant disorders, molecular pathology of oral carcinogenesis, and chemopreventive approaches, as well as dental education.

Research interests

- Identifying biomarkers for the early diagnosis and prognostication of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

-Identifying reliable biomarkers for stratifying the risk of malignant transformation of oral potentially malignant disorders

- Understaning the molecular pathology and improving the grading of oral epithelial dsyplasia

Engagement

- Associate Editor, Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine

-Associated Editor, BMC Oral Health

-Associate Editor, Frontiers in Oral Health (Oral Cancer section) and Frontiers in Oncology (Head and Neck Cancer)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research expertise keywords

  • Oral cancer
  • Oral medicine
  • Oral pathology
  • Dental education
  • Oral potentially malignant lesions
  • Biomarkers
  • Oral carcinogenesis

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