Dr. Alkharafi obtained her dental degree (Bachelor of Dental Medicine) from Kuwait University, Faculty of Dentistry in 2009. After completing one year of craniofacial genetics and stem cell research, she earned her Master of Science in Dentistry and a Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco, USA. She was the recipient of the “excellence Award” in research from the University of the Pacific in 2012, and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics in 2016. She received her training in craniofacial and special needs orthodontics from the University of California, San Francisco in 2021.
Rustia, S., Lam, J., Tahir, P., Al Kharafi, L., Oberoi, S., & Ganguly, R. (2022). Three-dimensional morphological changes in the temporomandibular joint in asymptomatic patients who undergo orthodontic treatment: a systematic review. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.
Oberoi, S.,Kai, K., Ellenikiotis, Y., Eve, E., Weeks, A., & Alkharafi, L. (2021).Combined orthodontic and surgical treatment for a patient with cleidocranialdysplasia. AJO-DO Clinical Companion, 1(4), 259-269.
AlKharafi, L.,AlHajery, D., & Andersson, L. (2014). Orthognathic surgery: pretreatment information and patient satisfaction. Medical Principles and Practice, 23(3), 218-224.
Tolarova T.,Strafford M., Alkharafi L, Tolar M., Boyd C. (2013) “Pediatric Cleft Lip andPalate” - http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/995535-overview
“Orthognathic Surgery Booklet - A Complete Guide to Patients of Orthognathic Surgery” - AlKharafi, L., AlHajery, D., Andersson, L. – MOH Digital Resources
August 2021- MSX-I sequence variation analysis among samples of cleft lip and palate – Alkharafi- Hamdan,Albustan. Department of Biological Sciences. Faculty of Science, Kuwait University
January 2023- Molecular Genetic Analysis of Non-Syndromic Cleft lip/ Palate (NSCL/P) in Kuwait – Alkharafi-Osama, Albustan. Department of Biological Sciences. Faculty of Science, Kuwait University
“Whole Exome Sequencing in Kuwaiti Consanguineous Families with Oral Clefts”
- June, 2022 –Poster Presentation, International Association for Dental Research – Journal ofDental Research online issue
"Correlation of Oral Health Status with Orthodontic Treatment in Patients with Oral Clefts"
- May, 2022– Poster Presentation, The American Association of Orthodontics Annual Meeting
“Voice Related Quality of Life in Patients with Oral Clefts”
- March, 2022– Poster Presentation, American Cleft palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting
“Role of Consanguinity/Familial Incidence in Oral Clefts in Kuwait”
- July, 2021 –Poster Presentation, International Association for Dental Research – Journal ofDental Research online issue
“Genetic association of BMP4 rs17563 with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate in Kuwait” - April, 2021 – Poster Presentation, American Cleft palate-Craniofacial Association Annual Meeting
“Incidence of Oral clefts in Kuwait; Trends and Demographic Differentials”
- March, 2020– Poster Presentation, International Association for Dental Research – Journalof Dental Research online issue
“Is Sleep Apnea the New TMD?”
- December2019 – speaker - thNational KDA Conference – Kuwait
“Association of TGFB3 rs2300607A/T and rs2268625 C/T Polymorphisms and NCL/P”
-March 2014, Poster Presentation, American Associations for Dental Research. – Charlotte,NC, USA
“Orofacial Clefts in Kuwait and Polymorphisms of MTHFR 677CT and TGFβ3 rs2300607”
-May 2013, 18th annual HSC Poster Conference - Kuwait
“Polymorphisms of Taste Genes Associated with Dental Caries and Cleft Lip and Palate in Udaipur, India”
- May 2013 - Presenting author - The 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies– Orlando, FL, USA.
“MTHFR 677CT Polymorphism in Kuwaiti Patients with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate– a Pilot Study”
-May 2013, E-poster, The American Association of Orthodontists 113thAnnual Session. – Philadelphia, PA, USA
“Prevalence Of Congenitally Missing Teeth Among Dental Students”
- April 2013,co-author, California Dental Association Annual Conference – Anaheim, CA
“Patient Information vs. Patient Satisfaction among Orthognathic Patients Treated inMinistry of Health Clinics in Kuwait”
-April 2009, 14th Annual HSC poster Conference – Kuwait
“Patient Information and it’s relation to Patient”
-December 2008, 8th Annual Conference of Kuwait Association for Dental Research – Kuwait