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Prof. Sausan Al Kawas Vice Dean Academic RankProfessor


  • Oral Biology

Research Interests:

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Development, Bone and Teeth histology and pathology, Oral Cancer Cell Biology, Prevention of common oral diseases, Public oral health, Ameloblast and Osteoclast cell biology, Dental Education


Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), Damascus University, Syria 1990 PhD Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada 1997 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada 1998 MSc Leadership in Medical Education, Royal College of Surgeon Ireland (RCSI), 2015
2022-2023 Vice Dean College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah 2015-2016 Acting Dean College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah 2007-2022 Head of Department College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah Oral and Craniofacial Health Sciences 2015-now Professor College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah Histology and Cell Biology Oral Histology 2009-now Head of Internship Program College of Dental Medicine, University of Sharjah 2005-2015 Associate Professor College of Dentistry, University of Sharjah
• Assessment of Novel Salivary Biomarkers by Using Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) and Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) in Periodontitis Patients. Competitive Research Grant • The discovery of novel salivary biomarkers for early detection of oral cancer with background of smokeless tobacco using proteomic and transcriptomic approaches. Competitive Research Grant, • The Effects of Dokha Smoking on Health in UAE Population. Al Jalila Foundation AJF2018014 Dubai, UAE January 2019- June 2021, • Local production of bone substitute for bone grafting applications in medical, oral and craniofacial surgery. Targeted Research Grant, 2018-2020
Member of the Editorial Board Member, BMC Medical Education, BMC Nursing, BMC Primary Care, Springer Nature Group, Member of the Editorial Board Member, Journal of Advances in Biomedical and Health Sciences, Medknow, Wolters Kluwer Health, Member of the Editorial Board Member, Journal of Oral Health and Dental Studies, Rivera Publications, USA.
1- Al‑Marzooq, Al Kawas, Rahman, Shearston, Saad, Benzina1, Weitzman. Supragingival microbiome alternations as a consequence of smoking different tobacco types and its relation to dental caries. Scientific Reports, 12:2861, 2022. 2. Mohammad Alrahdan, El-Kishawi, Al Kawas. The concomitant administration of COVID-19 and Hepatitis B vaccines, should safety and efficacy be a concern? Infection & Chemotherapy, 53: 589, 2022. 3. Arab, Rani, Al Kawas, Samsudin. The efficacy of salivary Histatin-1 protein in wound closure of nicotine pretreated Human Periodontal Ligament Fibroblast cells – In vitro study. Archives of Oral Biology, 14: 2022. 4. Khalaf, El-Kishawi, Al Kawas. Exploring Professionalism among Final Year Dental Students and New Graduates: Translating Knowledge to Practice. European Journal of Dentistry, 2022. 5. W Kheder, S Al Kawas, Khaled Khalaf, AB Samsudin. Impact of tribocorrosion and titanium particles release on dental implant complications. Japanese Dental Science Review, 57:182, 2021, 6. Wazzan, Estaitia, Habrawi, Mansour, Jalal, Ahmed, Hasan, Al Kawas. The Effect of Music Therapy in Reducing Dental Anxiety and Lowering Physiological Stressors. Acta Biomedica, 92 (6): e2021393, 2021. 7. Al Kawas, Al‑Marzooq, Rahman, Shearston, Saad, Benzina1, Weitzman. The Impact of Smoking Different Tobacco Types on the Subgingival Microbiome and Periodontal Health: a pilot study. Scientific Reports, 11:1113, 2021. 8. Hamdoon, Jerjes, Rashed, Al Kawas, Abdul Sattar, Samsudin, Hopper. In vivo optical coherence tomography-guided photodynamic therapy for skin pre-cancer and cancer. Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy, 36, 2021. 9. Shetty S, Al Bayatti SW, Al-Rawi N, Kamath V, Reddy S, Narasimhan S, Al Kawas S. The effect of concha bullosa and nasal septal deviation on palatal dimensions: a cone beam computed tomography study. BMC Oral Health, 21:607, 2021. 10. Al-Rawi, Al Ani, Quadri, Hamdoon, Awwad, Al Kawas, Al Nuaimi. Prognostic Significance of E-Cadherin, B-Catenin and Cyclin D1 in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma: a tissue microarray study. Histology and Histopathology 2021. DOI: 10.14670/HH-18-363
1. Rahman B, Al KAWAS S, Al Zubidi E, Abdel OE, Hawas N, Comparative anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis effectiveness of a tea tree oil mouthwashand a cetylpyridinium chloride mouthwash-a randomized controlled crossover study. Contemporary Clinical Dentistry, 5 (1), 2014. 2. Rahman B, Hawas N, Rahman M, Rabah A, Al KAWAS S, Assessing dental students’ knowledge of oral cancer in the United Arab Emirates. International Dental Journal, 63: 80-84, 2013. 3. Rahman B; Al KAWAS S. The relationship between dental health behavior, oral hygiene and gingival status of dental students in the United Arab Emirates. European Journal of Dentistry, 7 (1): 22-27, 2013. 4. Al-Rawi N, Al KAWAS S, Imad O, Public awareness and attitude toward oral cancer screening in United Arab Emirates. J International Dental and Medical Research, 5 (3): 149-154, 2012. 5. Al KAWAS S, Rahim Z, and Ferguson DB, Potential uses of human salivary protein and peptide analysis in the diagnosis of disease. Archives of Oral Biology, 57 (1): 1-9, 2012. 6. Al KAWAS S, Abu Ghazzi, and Suliman, Knowledge and oral health awareness about diabetes among college population in United Arab Emirates: A pilot study. World Journal of Medical Sciences, 6 (1): 1-5, 2011. 7. Al-Rawi NH, Al-Samarai M, Al KAWAS S, Majeed A, Expression of matrix metalloproteinase MMP-2 and its tissue inhibitor TIMP-2 in Intraoral pleomorphic adenoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma. J International Dental and Medical Research, 4 (1): 1-6, 2011. 8. Fakhruddin KS and Al KAWAS S, Prevalence and etiological factors related to dental injuries amongst 18-22-year-olds in United Arab Emirates. Dental Traumatology, 26: 296-300, 2010. 9. Mustafa EA and Al KAWAS S, The effect of Gallium-Arsenide laser irradiation on odontogenesis. J International Dental and Medical Research, 3 (2): 52-56, 2010. 10. AL-Rawi N, Husam O, and Al KAWAS S, Immunohistochemical Analysis of P 53 and bcl-2 in benign and malignant salivary glands tumors. Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, 39: 48-55, 2010. 11. AL-Rawi N, Al KAWAS S, Younis W, Immunolocalization of the cell adhesion molecules ICAM-1 & VCM-1 in pyogenic Granuloma. Advances in Medical and Dental Sciences, 3: 92-97, 2010. 12. Baron J, Steel L, Al KAWAS S: Case Study book chapter on E-learning. Book title: Cases'n Places: Global Cases in Education Performance Technology, Chapter 4: 59-74, 2010. 13. Al KAWAS S et al., A comparative study of oral health attitudes and behavior between dental and medical students and impact of dental education in United Arab Emirates, Journal of International Dental and Medical Research, 3 (1): 6-10, 2010 14. Al KAWAS S, Warshawsky H: Ultrastructure and Composition of Basement Membrane Separating Maturation Stage Ameloblasts from Enamel. Archives of Oral Biology, 53(4): 310-317, 2008. 15. Al KAWAS S et al., Analysis of Mercury in Wastewater of some Dental Clinics in United Arab Emirates. Journal of International Environmental Application & Science, 3 (1): 21-28, 2008.
1. Supervising MSc student Dr. Hiba Saad. Effect of Sodium phenylbutyate of endoplamic reticulium stress in disused osteoporosis in a mouse model. MSc Thesis University of Sains Malaysia 2022. 2. Supervising PhD. Dr. Ali Al Qabbani. Development of Decellularized Bovine Bone Scaffold for Bone Regeneration. PhD Thesis University of Sains Malaysia 2020. 3. Supervising PhD. Dr. Waad Kheder. Role of titanium particles released from dental implants in the interaction between macrophage, osteoblast and NK cell. PhD Thesis University of Sharjah 2020. 4. Supervising MSc student Dr. Amal Arab Alblooshi. The relationship between post-extraction bone healing and salivary biomarkers in smokers 2020. University of Sharjah 5. Supervising MSc student Dr. Amna Hussain Alhammadi. Salivary levels of Macrophage Activating factor and Macrophage Chemotactic Factor as Prospective Biomarkers of Gingival Inflammation 2020. University of Sharjah 6. Supervising MSc student Ms. Rand Jawad in Master of Leadership in Health Professions Education 2018. University of Sharjah 7. Supervising MSc. Dr. Ali Al Qabbani. Socket preservation using bovine bone graft with and without dental implant placement. MSc Thesis University of Sains Malaysia 2016.
2022 Sharjah Islamic Bank Award University of Sharjah, UAE 2015 Annual Faculty Incentive Award University of Sharjah, UAE in Teaching 2011 Annual Faculty Incentive Award University of Sharjah, UAE in Community Services
Chairperson of the Organization Committee of the Emirati-German Congress in Medicine & Dental Medicine Member of Scientific Committee of Women in Research UoS Member of Annual Faculty Incentive Awards
During my education career, I strive to create a stimulating and enjoyable study environment for the dental students that engender a desire for life long continuing learning. I aim to provide supportive environment in which students are encouraged to share their ideas without fear. This environment is created through delivering learning and teaching opportunities across the various courses that I teach and coordinate.
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