DR Samantha Byrne

DR Samantha Byrne




  • Samantha Byrne is a lecturer in Oral Biology at the Melbourne Dental School. Samantha has been awarded multiple times for her teaching of Oral Microbiology to Doctor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health students. She has a keen interest in learning and teaching, particularly the incorporation of practices which enhance student engagement and active learning. Samantha completed her PhD in 2006 where she explored the microbial composition of dental plaque associated with periodontal disease progression. She maintains a research interest in the microbial aetiology of chronic periodontitis and dental caries. Samantha is currently studying for a Doctor of Education with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education examining the impact of pre-class learning on the flipped classroom.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • GCUT, University of Melbourne 2008
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2006
  • BDSc, The University of Queensland 1996

Awards and honors

  • WM and AV Eggleston Trust Excellence in Teaching Award, Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne, 2014
  • IJ Marks and TC Adamson Prize for the most significant contribution to the advancement of dental education, Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne, 2011
  • IADR-ANZ Division Colgate Award in Oral Biology, International Association for Dental Research ANZ division, 2010
  • IADR/Unilever Hatton Award Senior (student) category, clinical research, International Association for Dental Research, 2006


Available for supervision

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