Dr. Kolker joined the College of Dentistry in 2005 after completing a research fellowship at the University of Michigan and a PhD in oral science at Iowa as an NIDCR Dentist-Scientist. She is an associate professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry.
Dr. Kolker is director of 082:122, Operative Dentistry I, a freshman course. She is also a clinical instructor for sophomore, junior and graduate students in the Department of Operative Dentistry.
She participates in intramural dental practice in the Department of Operative Dentistry.
Dr. Kolker's current interests include early caries clinical detection and root caries classification using the International Caries Detection and Assessment System (ICDAS). Dr. Kolker also actively incorporates ICDAS into the dental curriculum at Iowa.
Dr. Kolker is a member of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry; the American Board of Dental Public Health; the International and American Association for Dental Research; the Academy of Operative Dentistry; the American Dental Education Association; and the American Dental Association. Dr. Kolker is vice president of the American Board of Operative Dentistry, and she is a member of the ICDAS Coordinating Committee.