Alireza Sadr , DDS, PhD

Acting Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry


Box 357456


Dr. Sadr is an Acting Associate Professor at Department of Restorative Dentistry, and Associate Director of Biomimetics Biomaterials Biophotonics & Technology (B4T) laboratory at University of Washington School of Dentistry. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Cariology and Operative Dentistry at Tokyo Medical and Dental University.

Dr. Sadr holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery from the National University of Iran (SBMU) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Dental Science from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), where he received advanced clinical training in restorative dentistry, focused on bonded restorations.

Current Courses

Dr. Sadr participates in training of predoctoral dental students. He is enrolled as a teacher/guest lecturer in the following courses:

DENTCL 631: Prosthodontics Clerkship

DENTCL 634: Operative Dentistry Clerkship

DENTCL 635: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Clerkship

DENTCL 636: Oral Medicine Clerkship


Research Interests

Dr. Sadr’s scholarly work is focused on research and development of new restorative dental materials, mainly resin composites and adhesives. He is an advocate of minimally invasive dentistry, and has been investigating non-invasive diagnostic modalities including optical coherence tomography to image teeth and surrounding structures without the use of ionizing radiation.

Professional Service

Dr. Sadr maintains a faculty practice at the University of Washington School of Dentistry and has been a member of the American Dental Association, International Associations for Dental Research (IADR), Academy of Operative Dentistry, Academy of Dental Materials, International Academy for Adhesive Dentistry, Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, Japanese Society for Conservative Dentistry, Optical Society of America, Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and other professional organizations.

Dr. Sadr has authored and coauthored over 120 full-length peer-reviewed research publications, and been invited to speak at several dental conferences and schools worldwide. He has served as a reviewer for numerous journals and conferences in the fields of dentistry, materials science and optics including Dental Materials, Journal of Dentistry, Dental Materials Journal, Journal of Biomedical Optics, Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, Archives of Oral Biology and many others.

Dr. Sadr has supervised postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers in various institutions including UW (B4T) and TMDU in projects that have brought his group domestic and international scientific awards, including five consecutive outstanding research prizes in adhesive dentistry. He has received external funding for his research from national and international organizations including the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) and collaborated closely with the industry for the development and evaluation of new materials and techniques.

Personal Interests

Dr. Sadr has a background in campaigning for social justice and experience in media and information technology. He enjoys reading, learning languages, music, outdoor activities, skiing and travelling with his family.


List of Publications (PDF)