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Santosh Tadakamadla

Associate professor and Discipline Lead for Dentistry, La Trobe University

A/Prof Santosh Tadakamadla is the Discipline lead of Dentistry at La Trobe University. A/Prof Tadakamadla has vast experience in curriculum development and course coordination in the dentistry discipline, he is also a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He has a solid research background and is a prolific researcher with more than 150 publications. A/Prof has mentored several researchers and serves on editorial boards of several journals, most notable being BMC Public health, PLoS One and Frontiers in Public Health. His research leadership has been acknowledged by several awards, of note is the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) centennial emerging leader award for the Asia Pacific region. A/Prof Tadakamadla is a recipient of the prestigious NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. His research interests include health promotion; health-related behaviour, health inequalities; oral epidemiology; oral-systemic link; and quality of life. A/Prof Tadakamadla has strong research collaborations with researchers in Europe, Saudi Arabia, US and India and holds adjunct professorial appointments in several Universities outside Australia.


  • 2022–present
    Head of Dentistry, La Trobe University
  • 2019–2022
    Senior Research Fellow, Griffith University