Our Researchers

McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry researchers are a dynamic group of internationally recognized experts whose investigations cover a wide variety of research fields related to oral health.  Oral health overlaps extensively with general health, and much of our research extends far beyond the oral cavity.  While clustered into four major research themes, details of individual research programs can be found below, and in the links to the left.

Applicants for graduate studies have to be accepted by a supervisor before they will be accepted as a graduate student by the Faculty of Dentistry. We encourage applicants to identify, and directly contact by e-mail, potential supervisors who appear on this page.

Disclaimer: Student and support staff names appearing on the web pages below for each professor have consented in writing to having their names appear on our Dentistry website.




Dentistry - Appointed Academic Staff

Dr. Paul Allison

  • Oral cancer
  • Quality of life
  • Psychosocial determinants of health
  • Clinical epidemiology


Dr. Jake Barralet

  • Biomaterials
  • Drug delivery
  • Tissue regeneration


Dr. Christophe Bedos

  • Public health
  • Access to care
  • Social justice
  • Poverty
  • Qualitative research

Dr. Peter J. Chauvin


  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Oral Cancer
  • Mucosal diseases
  • Vesiculobullous disorders

Dr. Raphael de Souza

  • Dental implants

  • Patient-based outcomes

  • Prosthodontics

  • Randomized clinical trials

  • Systematic reviews

Dr. Luda Diatchenko

  • Pain Genetics
  • Human Molecular Genetics
  • Chronic Pain Conditions

Dr. Elham Emami

​Interdisciplinary oral health research

  • Intervention: Prosthodontic treatment, Innovative intervention

  • Access : access to care for Rural, Remote and Indigenous communities

  • Impact:  Impact of oral health on general health

Dr. Jocelyne Feine

  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Patient-based outcomes
  • Quality of life
  • Dental implants


Dr. Mervyn Gornitsky

  • Facial pain
  • Saliva
  • Scleroderma
  • Xerostomia

Dr. Richard Hovey

  • Qualitative research
  • Patient centred care
  • Chronic illness
  • Medical Education / Communication

Dr. Mari Kaartinen

  • Bone formation
  • Osteoblast differentiation and signaling
  • Matrix biology
  • Transglutaminase enzymes

Dr. Arkady Khoutorsky

  • Dysregulation of translational control and the development of chronic pain
  • Extracellular matrix (ECM) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the regulation of spinal cord plasticity
  • Dysregulation of integrated stress response (ISR) pathway and pathophysiology of Fragile X syndrome


Dr. Svetlana Komarova

  • Bone physiology
  • Osteoclast
  • Osteoblast
  • Bioenergetics
  • Mathematical modeling

Dr. Mary E. Macdonald

  • Vulnerable populations
  • Aboriginal and indigenous health
  • Palliative care and bereavement
  • Communication skills and cultural competency

Dr. Nicholas Makhoul

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Oncology
  • Maxillofacial Reconstruction
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Outcomes Studies and Quality Assurance in Maxillofacial Cancer Care

Dr. Marc-Olivier Martel

  • Acute pain

  • Chronic pain

  • Prescription opioid misuse & addiction

  • Biopsychosocial factors

Dr. Marc D. McKee

  • Biomineralization
  • Bone and tooth biology
  • Extracellular matrix biology
  • Pathologic calcification

Dr. Carolina Beraldo Meloto

  • Orofacial pain
  • Pain genetics
  • Translational research
  • Randomized clinical trials


Dr. Monzur Murshed

  • Transgenic models
  • Bone remodelling
  • Bone mineralization
  • Osteoblastogenesis
  • Arterial calcification


Dr. Belinda Nicolau

  • Head and neck cancer
  • Life course epidemiology
  • Periodontal disease
  • Obesity


Dr. Dieter P. Reinhardt

  • Extracellular matrix
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Fibrillins
  • Microfibrils
  • Protein function


Dr. Jean-Marc Retrouvey

  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Orthodontics
  • Education

Dr. Laura Stone

  • Chronic pain
  • Low back pain
  • Behavioral pharmacology


Dr. Maryam Tabrizian

  • Biomaterials
  • Biointerface
  • Biorecognition
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Nanomedicine


Dr. Faleh Tamimi

  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Biomaterials
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Bone regeneration
  • Dental implants


Dr. Simon D. Tran

  • Tissue engineering
  • Stem cell
  • Saliva
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Translational research

Dr. Étienne Vachon-Presseau

  • Coming Soon

Dr. Ana Velly

  • Pain
  • Biomarkers
  • Saliva
  • Epidemiology
  • Cancer


Dr. Ji Zhang

  • Glial cell biology
  • Nervous system
  • Immune response
  • Pain
  • Behavior

Associate and Adjunct Members


Dr. Nilana Barros

  • Proteases
  • PHEX
  • XLH
  • Cathepsins
  • Bone
  • Mineralization

Dr. Shahrokh Esfandiari

  • Oral health technology assessment
  • Evidence based dentistry
  • Oral health policy
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Oral public health

Dr. Eduardo Franco

  • cancer epidemiology and prevention
  • screening
  • oral cancer epidemiology
  • HPV infection

Dr. Nicolas Schlecht

  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Cancer
  • HPV
  • HIV