BDS, MMedSci, DClinDent, ADC Certificate
Dr Yakin obtained his Bachelor's degree in Iraq in 2008, his Master's degree in Diagnostic Oral Pathology with Distinction from the University of Sheffield in 2011, and his Doctoral degree in Clinical Dentistry – Oral Pathology from the University of Otago in 2016 before joining CSU as a senior lecturer in oral pathology.
In 2013 he was awarded the first IADR/Unilever-Hatton Divisional Award for the Iraqi section, which he received in the USA. In addition, he is the recipient of several scholarships, research grants, and teaching awards.
Dr Yakin has acquired extensive diagnostic oral histopathology experience from his Master's course in the UK, practice in Iraq, and doctoral studies in New Zealand, where he worked as a specialist registrar in the Oral Pathology Centre in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago which is New Zealand's only specialist oral histopathology laboratory and a national referral centre for specimens from the oral and maxillofacial regions.
Dr Yakin has over 6 years of clinical and academic teaching experience in general and oral pathology, oral surgery, and oral medicine and diagnosis. He is currently the subject coordinator for Oral Anatomy and Histology (Year 1), Pathological Basis of Human Diseases (Year 2) and Oral-Maxillofacial Pathology (Year 3) in the Bachelor of Dental Science course at CSU. He also contributes to teaching to Years 4 and 5 of the same course and Year 3 of the Bachelor of Oral Health course.
Dr Yakin's research interests are in oral cancer tumour microenvironment and biomarkers in addition to odontogenic lesions and dental pathology.
In 2013 he was awarded the first IADR/Unilever-Hatton Divisional Award for the Iraqi section, which he received in Seattle, WA, USA. 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.
Dr Yakin is a member of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists