Dr. Thalji joined the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2012 after completing her PhD. Prior to her appointment at Iowa, Dr. Thalji was a part-time teaching assistant at Al-Quds University, Dental School (Abu-Dis, Palestine) from 2004-2005, and was in private practice in Ramallah (West Bank, Palestine). From 2008-2012, she taught as a clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina, Dental School. Dr. Thalji also received an Ann and G. Randolph Babcock Fellowship in 2008 and a Freedland Advanced Dental Education Fellowship in 2009.
Dr. Thalji's teaching includes predoctoral and postdoctoral students within the Department of Prosthodontics. She is also the graduate prosthodontics program director.
Dr. Thalji is a board-certified prosthodontist and is involved with patient treatment within the Department of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Thalji's dissertation was focused on studying the wide genome expression profiling associated with healing around titanium implants (with different surface topographies). That included the in vivo rat model and the human model. The studies were done using the Affymetrix platform. Confirmation of the results was done with qRT-PCR. The analysis was completed using several Bioinformatics software’s including GeneSpring, IPA, DAVID, etc. Throughout her PhD program, she also did in vitro studies plating hMSCs on titanium discs. Experiences that she had include: Bioinformatics, RNA isolation and handling, In vivo studies - handling and surgeriesIn vitro studies - mostly using qRT-PCR.
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Dr. Thalji is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics (Fellow), and a member of the International Association for Dental Research and the Palestinian National Dental Association. In 2008, she received the Education Foundation Research Award from the American College of Prosthodontics.