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Pathways to FoDOCS




For most of us, careers are likely to be the sum of multiple facets of our lives which need to be prioritised or considered – where to live, work life balance, caring responsibilities, as well as what opportunities are available at a given time.

For International Women’s Day, a cross-section of women from our faculty shared the pathway they took (and are still taking) in their career and study.
These stories cover a range of career pathways all the way from undergraduate study to Emeritus professorships, from working in labs as a technician, to delivering clinical teaching to students. From balancing the demands of postgraduate life as well as a CEO of a refugee charity, to tracing the path to become Dean of Research, each story is unique, taking twists and turns along the way.
At the same time, they all share common themes and interlacing experiences, and we hope you will be able to draw insight from them, regardless of where you are in your own pathway.



Pathways: Khaleda Zaheer

Khaleda Zaheer

Dr Khaleda Zaheer is a MClinDent Periodontology Postgraduate Trainee

Pathways: Kim Piper

Kim Piper

Professor Kim Piper is Dean for Education and Professor of Oral Pathology

Pathways: Asha Thomson

Asha Thomson

Dr Asha Thomson MBE is Senior Clinical Teacher in Oral Surgery

Pathways: Sadia Niazi

Sadia Niazi

Dr Sadia Niazi is a Clinical Lecturer in Endodontology

Pathways: Moya Meredith Smith

Moya Meredith Smith

Emeritus Professor Moya Meredith Smith is Emeritus Professor of Evolution and Development of…

Pathways: Gabriella Wojewodka

Gabriella Wojewodka

Dr Gabriella Wojewodka is Oral Clinical Research Unit Research Portfolio Manager

Pathways: Sasha Scambler

Sasha Scambler

Dr Sasha Scambler is Reader in Medical Sociology and Academic Lead for Equality, Diversity and…

Pathways: Naimesha Patel

Naimesha Patel

Naimesha Patel is a Senior Lecturer in Maxillofacial Prosthetic Education

Pathways: Malika Karimova

Malika Karimova

Dr Malika Karimova is a Dermatology and Oral Medicine PhD Student

Pathways: Lily Burley

Lily Burley

Lily Burley is Associate Director of Education

Pathways: Lucy Di-Silvio

Lucy Di-Silvio

Professor Lucy Di-Silvio is Associate Dean for Career Development and Professor of Tissue…

Pathways: Abigail Tucker

Abigail Tucker

Professor Abigail Tucker is Dean for Research and Professor of Development & Evolution