Ashith B Acharya
Dr. Ashith B. Acharya is an Australia-trained forensic odontologist – having completed his Bachelor’s degree in dentistry in 1999 and his postgraduation in 2001 – and heads India’s first exclusive department of forensic odontology in SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka. With over 17 years experience, he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students, and serves as a consultant in forensic dental, anthropological, and archeological cases referred by the police, government agencies and forensic medical experts from across India, including the ‘Nirbhaya’ case. He is a founder-member of the Indian Association of Forensic Odontology and currently its Secretary. He is an editorial board member/reviewer in several national and international journals; he has served as a member of the International Organisation for Forensic Odonto-Stomatology’s Age Estimation Workgroup and is currently on its Bite Marks Workgroup. He has published 43 journal articles, 34 of which have appeared in top international forensic and dental journals; he has also contributed to government reports, and chapters on forensic odontology to eminent textbooks such as Shafer’s Textbook of Oral Pathology.