Samantha Byrne is a lecturer in Oral Biology at the Melbourne Dental School. Samantha has been awarded multiple times for her teaching of Oral Microbiology to Doctor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health students. She has a keen interest in learning and teaching, particularly the incorporation of practices which enhance student engagement and active learning. Samantha completed her PhD in 2006 where she explored the microbial composition of dental plaque associated with periodontal disease progression. She maintains a research interest in the microbial aetiology of chronic periodontitis and dental caries and is currently supervising one BOH Honors student.