Miss Zehra Yonel BDS, MFDS RCS(edin), FHEA

Miss Zehra Yonel

School of Dentistry
Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Miss Zehra Yonel is a Clinical Lecturer and honorary Specialist Registrar in Restorative Dentistry at the School of Dentistry in the University of Birmingham. She has recently started a programme of work for her PhD, funded by the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and Diabetes UK, as part of the Doctoral Research Fellowship (DRF).

Her research interests lie in the fields of epidemiology and the interface between oral and systemic diseases. Zehra is a calibrated assessor of dental indices used in clinical studies.

Zehra’s clinical training is in the field of restorative dentistry, encompassing periodontics, endodontics and prosthodontics.

Zehra is responsible for supervising BDS students undertaking treatments on clinic and delivers teaching to BDS, Hygiene and Therapy as well as Nursing students. This teaching takes the form of lectures, tutorials and small-group teaching. She also leads on the “plaque project” and “cross sectional study”


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2015
  • Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of The Royal College of Surgeons of England 2013
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), University of Birmingham, 2011


Miss Zehra Yonel qualified as a dentist from the University of Birmingham in 2011. Following this she undertook a number of Dental Core Training (DCT) posts providing a broad base of clinical skills including a Restorative Dentistry post at the Eastman Dental hospital before returning to Birmingham in 2014 as an Academic DCT. She was the first Academic DCT appointed in the UK. This role allowed her to pursue her research interests which include the links between periodontal and systemic disease, particularly Type 2 Diabetes. In 2018 Zehra ranked 1st in Clinical National Recruitment for Restorative Dentistry, securing her training post within the Birmingham Dental Hospital.

Zehra was awarded the prestigious Diabetes UK NIHR partnership DRF in 2019, another UK first. This allowed her to take time out of her clinical consultant training in Restorative Dentistry, to focus on her research and research training.

Zehra provides teaching in the form of lectures to undergraduate dental, nursing and hygiene and therapy students the speciality of Periodontology. She also supervises the clinical care delivered by dental undergraduate students and obtained her teaching and qualification (FHEA) in 2015.



  • 2019 - NIHR Diabetes UK Doctoral Fellowship. INtroducing DIabetes Checks in A denTal practice Environment: INDICATE. Ref: NIHR300171. Grant value £430,000.00
  • 2019 – GSK Project smile 212224 – Co-applicant Toothbrush efficacy study. Grant value £269,130.00
  • 2019 – ODRT - £4,430 - The role of the dental nurse in effecting positive behaviour change in primary medical care settings, using risk-driven personalised biofeedback to patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • 2018 – GSK OH Libra 209511 – Calibration study of periodontal indices; Rostogi and Turesky modification of Quigley and Hein (plaque indices) and the Modified Gingival Index.
  • 2018 - Evaluation of Point of Care Devices for Monitoring of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases REC reference: 16/SS/0197 Protocol number: RG_16-128 IRAS project ID: 212214. Industry Collaborations: Siemens and Nova BioCare.
  • 2017 – INDICATE - INtroducing DIabetes Check in A denTal Environment – The aims of this project are to assess the feasibility of implementation of targeted proactive risk-identification in dental settings for the identification of high-risk individuals for Diabetes and Non-Diabetic Hyperglycaemia.
  • 2017 – West-Midlands ranked 1st out of 15 Local Clinical Research Networks for recruitment to Oral and Dental Portfolio Studies as a direct results of Screening Underlying Chronic Conditions in dEntal SettingS (SUCCESS)
  • 2016 – Certificate of Commendation – John Zamet Prize in conjunction with the Alpha- Omega London Chapter and Charitable Trust.
  • 2016 – BCHC Research fund – Research & Innovation Team at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust – ranked 1st and Awarded a Grant of £11,573 to support the SUCCeSS.
  • 2016 – MOLOGICSmall Medium Enterprise (SME) collaboration as part of the “Plaque Project” assessing salivary biomarkers.
  • 2015 – Unilever Trial ORG-EXG-1917 joint awardee and grant holder £164,000.
  • 2015 – GSK Research Grants Programme – Oral and Dental Research Trust – Ranked 1st –Awarded a Grant of £6386 to support the SUCCESS. 

Other activities

Zehra also is an active member of the following committees / societies:

  • British Society of Periodontology, Early Career Group Academic Representative 2019
  • The Academy of Dental Education Europe, INSPIRED Representative 2018-Present
  • Calibrated assessor for oral indices (plaque and gingival)