Muhammed Yakin

Associate Professor Muhammed Yakin

Associate Professor

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Research Interests

Dr Yakin's research interests are in oral cancer tumour microenvironment and biomarkers, clinical oral and maxillofacial pathology, and dental education. He was awarded the first IADR/Unilever-Hatton Divisional Award in 2013 in Seattle, USA for his work on biomarkers in odontogenic keratocysts. He was also awarded a doctoral Scholarship from the University of Otago in 2013, a Fuller research scholarship from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago in 2014, and two research grants from the New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation in 2015 and 2016. His doctoral research was awarded the best oral presentation prize in Sir John Walsh Research Institute Research Symposium at the University of Otago in 2016. He previously served as the Chair of the School of Dentistry & Health Sciences’ Research Development Committee at Charles Sturt University and is the recipient of a number of research grants from the same university.

  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award University of Otago Doctoral Postgraduate Publishing Bursary University of Otago New Zealand -
    2016 Award Sir John Walsh Research Institute Research Symposium Oral Presentation Prize (2016) Sir John Walsh Research Institute New Zealand -
    2016 Award International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists Travel Award (2016) International New Zealand -
    2014 Award Faculty of Dentistry Departmental Awards, University of Otago (2014-2016) University of Otago New Zealand -
    2013 Award University of Otago International Doctoral Scholarship (2013) University of Otago Nicaragua -
    2013 Award IADR/Unilever-Hatton Divisional Award (2013) Unilever-Hatton New Zealand -
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Arabic Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Turkish Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2016 Faculty of Dentistry, Sir John Walsh Research Institute, University of Otago, New Zealand DClinDent Oral Pathology
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2023 Rich, A. M., Hussaini, H. M., Nizar, M. A. M., Gavidi, R. O., Tauati-Williams, E., Yakin, M., & Seo, B. (2023). Diagnosis of oral potentially malignant disorders: Overview and experience in Oceania. Frontiers in Oral Health, 4, 9 pages.
    2021 Rashid, P. (2021). Congenital granular cell epulis: a case report with immunohistochemistry. Erbil Dental Journal, 4(1).
    2021 Yakin, M., & Linden, K. (2021). Adaptive e-learning platforms can improve student performance and engagement in dental education. Journal of Dental Education, 85(7), 1309-1315.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS11 Europe PMC4
    2019 Yakin, M., Seo, B., & Rich, A. (2019). Tunicamycin-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress up-regulates tumour-promoting cytokines in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Cytokine, 120, 130-143.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS7 Europe PMC3
    2019 Yakin, M., Seo, B., Hussaini, H., Rich, A., & Hunter, K. (2019). Human papillomavirus and oral and oropharyngeal carcinoma: the essentials. Australian Dental Journal, 64(1), 11-18.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS16 Europe PMC15
    2019 Yakin, M., Escalera, C. L., Perez, L. A. M., & Aldape-Barrios, B. (2019). Clinical pathologic conference case 3: a slow-growing expansile posterior mandibular swelling. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, 128(4), e133-e137.
    2017 Yakin, M., Gavidi, R. O., Cox, B., & Rich, A. (2017). Oral cancer risk factors in New Zealand. The New Zealand medical journal, 130(1451), 30-38.
    Scopus15 WoS11 Europe PMC7
    2016 Yakin, M., Jalal, J. A., Al-Khurri, L. E., & Rich, A. M. (2016). Oral and maxillofacial pathology submitted to Rizgary Teaching Hospital: A 6-year retrospective study. International Dental Journal, 66(2), 78-85.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC4
Grant Year Amount
CSU Compact Seed grant 2019 A$9,793
CSU Faculty of Science Conference and Training Support Scheme 2019 A$2,534
CSU Research Infrastructure Support Scheme 2018 A$61,356
New Zealand Dental Association Research Foundation Grants 2015/2016 NZ$17,503
Fuller Scholarship –University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry 2014 NZ$3,000



Dr Yakin is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and has over a decade of clinical and academic teaching experience in general and oral pathology, oral surgery, and oral medicine and diagnosis. He is currently the BDS 4 and 5 Program Director, BDS2 general pathology and BDS3 oral pathology module convenor at Adelaide Dental School. He also contributes to clinical tutoring in the BDS3 General Practice Unit. He also contributes to the supervision of DClinDent Oral Pathology presentations and slide seminars. In his previous role at Charles Sturt University, Dr Yakin was the subject coordinator of oral and general pathology and histology in addition to his role in clinical and preclinical tutoring in years 2-3 of the Bachelor of Dental Science course. He also delivered lectures in oral pathology and medicine to years 4 and 5 of the same course and year 3 of the Bachelor of Oral Health course.

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83137526
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 10
  • Org Unit: Dental School Administration

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