Tariq Ghazal is a PhD student in the Oral Sciences at the College of Dentistry. A native of Baghdad, Iraq, he received his DDS from the University of Baghdad College of Dentistry in 2006. Then he moved to the United States of America to pursue his graduate program in Dental Public Health at the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry, and graduated with his Master’s in 2013. In the spring of 2014, Dr. Ghazal also earned a Certificate in Biostatistics from the College of Public Health. His research interest is in early childhood tooth decay and dental care among the elderly.