Associate Professor Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya is a distinguished academician at the Department of Restorative Dentistry within the Faculty of Dentistry at Universiti Malaya. Throughout her career, she has held various significant roles, including Head of Dental Materials and Operative Dentistry Disciplines, Coordinator of both Biomaterials & Thermal Characterization Research Laboratories, and Head of the Biomaterials and Technology Research Group at the same faculty.
In addition to her academic contributions, Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya serves as the Vice Chairman of the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS) at Universiti Malaya. Her educational journey began with the prestigious Federal Scholarship for Dentistry studies in New Zealand under the Collaborative University of Malaya-University of Otago, Government-to-Government Programme. Subsequently, she pursued postgraduate studies in Restorative Dentistry at Leeds Dental Institute, University of Leeds, UK.
During her doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya co-authored a groundbreaking paper titled 'Probing the Improbable: Imaging Carbon Atoms in Alumina' with renowned materials scientists and physicists. This paper, a seminal contribution to atomic probe tomography (APT), illuminated the possible characterization of crystalline materials using APT, a task previously deemed impossible.
Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya has actively engaged in diverse clinical and laboratory research, with her primary research interests lying in the synthesis, characterization, and testing of various dental materials. Her prolific academic output is evidenced by numerous ISI publications, and she has supervised over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate research works.
Her remarkable achievements extend beyond academia, as she has garnered over 40 awards and medals, including gold medals at international research expositions in Brussels, Nuremberg, Geneva, London, and Pittsburgh. In 2019 and 2022, she was selected to participate in the Asia Pacific Kerr Elite–Restorative Leaders’ Summit in Thailand and Singapore, respectively. Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya represented Malaysia as a panelist and judge in the Kerr Restoratives South East Asia University Case Competition in 2021.
Her leadership roles also extend to professional associations, where she currently serves as the President-Elect of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Malaysian Section and as a board member of the Asian Network of Dental Materials Societies (ANDeMS). Dr. Noor Azlin Yahya's multifaceted contributions and leadership underscore her commitment to advancing the field of Restorative Dentistry and dental research.