Dr Sunitha Carnelio

Professor and Head

BDS, MDS

Department of Oral Pathology

CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Teaches Dental Anatomy, Oral Histology and Oral Pathology to BDS students
    • Is involved in practical classes and demonstrations regarding Dental Anatomy, Oral Histology and Oral Pathology
    • Guides PG students for their theses work
    • Prepares course materials, syllabus and question papers for undergraduate program
    • Conducts formative and summative assessments for students
    • Provides histopathological diagnosis for oral lesions and histopathological consultation for external sources

 

SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING

Subject Subject code Semester
Dental Anatomy, Embryology & Oral histology First year BDS
Oral Pathology and Microbiology Second year and Third year BDS
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Oral Microbiology MDS

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MDS Oral Pathology and Microbiology Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal 1998
BDS Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal 1995
Certificate Course in Bioethics Manipal 2015

Experience

Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Department of Oral Pathology, MCODS, Manipal Professor and Head June 2020- till date
Department of Oral Pathology, MCODS Manipal Additional Professor June 2013- June 2020
Department of Oral Pathology, MCODS Manipal Associate Professor April 2004- June 2013
Department of Oral Pathology, MCODS Manipal Assistant Professor March 1999- April 2004

Projects

· Evaluation of immunohistochemical expression of SALL4 in odontogenic tumors (on going)

· Evaluating the expression of SALL4 in oral epithelial dysplasia and oral squamous cell carcinoma; An immunohistochemical appraisal (on going)

· Assessment of beta tyrosinated tubulin expression in oral squamous cell carcinoma, 2014

· Evaluation of fascin expression in ameloblasoma: an immunohistochemical study, 2013

· Role of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) in oral squamous cell carcinoma, 2012

· Evaluation of MMP-2 and TIMP-2 in oral submucous fibrosis and their correlation with disease severity, 2009

· Oxidative stress and antioxidant defense in oral lichen planus and oral lichenoid reaction, 2008

· Evaluation of tenascin expression in ameloblastoma and ameloblastic fibroma: An immunohistochemical study, 2007

· Expression of E-cadherin in different histological grades of oral squamous cell carcinoma: An immunohistochemical study, 2006

Awards and Recognition 

Dr TMA Pai Gold Medal for Outstanding Research - 2016, for the paper entitled Expression of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) in oral squamous cell carcinoma'.

Best Poster Award in the Poster Session 3 (Epidemiology-Diagnosis section), for presentation titled ‘Expression of E-cadherin in primary oral squamous cell carcinoma and metastatic lymph nodes: an immunohistochemical study’, at Annual Conference of the International Association of Oral Oncology (IAOO) Congress 2009, Toronto, Canada. 

Grants

· Colgate-Palmolive grant for the project titled ‘Evaluation of Fascin Expression in Ameloblasoma: An immunohistochemical study

· Colgate-Palmolive grant for the project titledRole of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) in oral squamous cell carcinoma

Contributions 

· Pharmacovigilance: A dental perspective. S A Khan, S Carnelio, G Rodrigues In. Elements of Pharmacovigilance. R Sehgal, R Sethi, S Hiremath Eds. Kongposh Publications, New Delhi, First edn, 2010: Pgs 169-179.

· Oral Tuberculosis: A Review. In: Focus on Tuberculosis Research. Gabriel Rodrigues, Sunitha Carnelio. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York, 2005; pp. 165-180.

Reviewer 

·         BMJ Case Reports

·         BMC  Oral Health

·         BMC Case Reports

·         Eurasian Journal of Medicine

·         International Journal of Pathology Clinical Research

·         Clinical and Experimental Dermatology

·         Journal of Case Reports and Clinical images

·         Journal of Cutaneous Medicine & Surgery

 

AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH

Area of Interest

Odontogenic tumours, potentially malignant lesions and conditions and early invasive squamous cell carcinoma

Area of Expertise

Odontogenic tumours, potentially malignant lesions and conditions and early invasive squamous cell carcinoma

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (No: M/455-LM)
  • Indian Dental Association (No: IDA 28022) 
 

· Sunitha Carnelio, Manthangi Chandra Mouli, Gabriel Rodrigues. Parotid lymphoepithelial cyst in a HIV- Negative individual. A case report: Iran J Med Sci. 2018; Nov 43 (6).

· Rishi Raghav Saincher, Shruthi Acharya, Srikanth Gadicherla, Sunitha Carnelio. Dens invaginatus in a mandibular third molar with para dental cyst. A case report and literature review: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology. 2018; 30: 576-579.

· Srikanth G, Abhay T Kamath, Adarsh Kudva, Anupam Singh, Komal Smriti, Sunitha Carnelio. A linguoverted impacted tooth with orocutaneous fistula. A rare case report: Clujul Medical. 2018; 91(4): 479-483.

· Neha Agrawal, Sunitha Carnelio, Raghu Radha Krishnan, Adarsh Kudva, Gabriel Rodrigues. Synchronous odontogenic cysts in mandible. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2018; Jun 12(6): ZD10 - ZD12.

· Harishanker Alampally, Chetna Chandrashekar, Gabriel Rodrigues, Sunitha Carnelio. Fascin in tooth germs: An immunohistochemical analysis. Journal of Histotechnology. 2018; 41(1): 24-28.

· Sen S, Carnelio S. Expression of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) in oral squamous cell carcinoma. Histopathology. 2016; 68(6): 897-904.

· Singh P, Shergill A, Solomon M, Sunitha Carnelio. Osseous dysplasia. An aggressive swelling at an uncommon site. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology. 2016; 28 (3): 264-268.

· Ryschia R. Naik, Subraya G. Bhat, Sunitha Carnelio, Jayalakshmi Natarajan, Mahalinga Bhat. The diagnostic dilemma of a granulomatous gingival enlargement. Clinical Advances in Periodontics. 2015; 5(1): 62-66.

· Shrestha A, Carnelio S. Evaluation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) in oral submucosal fibrosis and their correlation with disease severity. Kathmandu University Medical Journal. 2013; 44(4): 274-281.

· Gabriel Rodrigues, Sunitha Carnelio, Lakshmi Rao. Intraoral lipoma masquerading as a minor salivary gland tumour. Surg Chron. 2012; 17(3): 217-218.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Gabriel Rodrigues, Rajgopal Shenoy, Donald Fernandes. A brief review of common oral premalignant lesions with emphasis on their management and cancer prevention. Indian Journal of Surgery. 2011; 73(4): 256-261.

· Gurukiran Kaur, Sunitha Carnelio, Gabriel Rodrigues. Oral leiomyoma masquerading as gingival epulis: A diagnostic challenge! RSBO. 2012; 9(2): 204-206.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Sohil Ahmed Khan, Gabriel Rodrigues. Tumor vaccine for oral cancer: Prospects and challenges in dentistry. Indian Journal of Dental Sciences. 2011; 3(3): 34-36.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Sohil Ahmed Khan, Gabriel Rodrigues. Pharmacovigilance in clinical dentistry: overlooked or axiomatic? General Dentistry. 2011; 59(1): 24-28.

· Solomon MC, Carnelio S, Gudattu V. Molecular analysis of oral squamous cell carcinoma: A tissue microarray study: Indian Journal of Cancer. 2010; 47 (2): 162-172.

· Upadhyay RB, Carnelio S, Shenoy RP, Gyawali P, Mukherjee M. Oxidative stress and antioxidant defense in oral lichen planus and oral lichenoid reaction. Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation. 2010; 70(4): 225-228.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Hitesh Vij. Expression of tenascin and nucleolar organizer region in ameloblastoma and ameloblastic fibroma. Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine. 2010; 39: 223–229.

· Gurukiran Kaur, Sunitha Carnelio, Nirmala Rao, Laxmi Rao. Expression of E-cadherin in primary oral squamous cell carcinoma and metastatic lymph nodes: an immunohistochemical study. Indian Journal of Dental Research. 2009; 20(1): 71-76.

· S Carnelio, SA Khan, G Rodrigues. Definite, probable or dubious; antioxidants trilogy in clinical dentistry. British Dental Journal. 2008; 204(1): 29-32.

· Avinash KR, Rajgopal KV, Ramakrishnaiah RH, Carnelio S, Mahmood NS. Computed tomographic (CT) features of mandibular osteochondroma. Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 2007; 36, 434-436.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Gabriel Rodrigues, Sohil Ahmed Khan. An update on oral cancer: The Dental Tribune International. Omeus Media, Leipzig, Germany (Asia Pacific Edition), 2007; 5(6): 18-21. 

· Gabriel Rodrigues, Sunitha Carnelio, Manna Valliathan. Primary isolated gingival tuberculosis: The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2007; 11(1): 172-173.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Sohil Ahmed Khan, Gabriel Rodrigues. Free radicals and antioxidant therapy in clinical practice: To be or not to be? Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. 2007; 17(3): 173-174.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Nirmala Rao. Amelogenesis imperfecta with gingival calcification: a rare presentation. Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences. 2005; 4(15): 932-935.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Gabriel Rodrigues. Benign lymphoid hyperplasia of the tongue masquerading as carcinoma: Case report and literature review.  Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice. 2005; (6)3: 111-119.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Gabriel Rodrigues. Maxillary metastasis of gastric adenocarcinoma. International Journal of Oral Medical Sciences. 2005; 3(3): 159-162.

· Monica Charlotte Solomon, Keerthilatha M Pai, Auswaf Ahsan, Sunitha Carnelio. Multiple impacted anterior teeth: An unique case. The Journal of Indian Academy of Oral Medicine and Radiology. 2004; 16(2): 141-143.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Keerthilatha Pai, Nirmala Rao, Monica Solomon, Auswaf Ahsan. Metastatic osteosarcoma to the maxilla: A case report and a review of the literature. Quintessence International. 2002; 33(5): 397-399.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Gabriel Rodrigues. Primary lingual tuberculosis: A case report with review of literature. Japanese Journal of Oral Science. 2002; 44(1); 55-57.

· Auswaf Ahsan, Sunitha Carnelio. Computer awareness: A survey in two dental schools in India. Pakistan Oral & Dental Journal. 2001; 21(1).

· Sunitha Carnelio, Keerthilatha Pai, Auswaf Ahsan. Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia with partial anodontia. A case report with review of literature. Pakistan Oral and Dental Journal. 2001; 21(2): 171-175.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Auswaf Ahsan, Naveen Oberio, Keerthilatha Pai. Bifid root in a mandibular second premolar: A case report. Journal of Indian Association of Oral Medicine and Radiology. 2001; 12(2); 61-62.

· Sunitha Carnelio, Monica Solomon, Vidya Manohar. Ameloblastic carcinoma. A case report: Indian Journal of Dental Research. 2001; 12(4): 238-241.