Zehra qualified as a dentist from the University of Birmingham in 2011 Following her qualification, she undertook Foundation Training in the West-Midlands before moving to the Eastman dental hospital for a DF2 posts in Restorative Dentistry. She returned to the Birmingham Dental Hospital where she undertook Core Trainee (DCT) posts in Oral-Surgery, Oral Medicine, sedation, Paediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on-call commitments at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and was joint holder of the first Academic DCT post in the country.
During this time, Zehra obtained post-graduate qualification (M.F.D.S (RCS Edin.)) and Education for healthcare professionals FHEA.
Following this Zehra was employed by the University as a Clinical Lecturer in Restorative dentistry and is involved with undergraduate teaching and research within the periodontal research group.