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. Gary Bennett

  • Analgesics
  • Neuropathy
  • Pain
  • Chemotherapy neuropathy

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. Shahrokh Esfandiari

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

Dr. Jocelyne Feine

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

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. Svetlana Komarova

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


Dr. Hervé LeMoual

  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • Host antimicrobial peptides
  • Two-component regulatory systems

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

  • Details coming soon

Dr. Marc D. McKee

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


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. Ana Velly

  • Pain
  • Biomarkers
  • Saliva
  • Epidemiology
  • Cancer


Dr. Ji Zhang

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

Emeritus Professors


Dr. Fernando Cervero



  • Neuroscience
  • Neurobiology of pain and hyperalgesia
  • Neurobiology of visceral pain


Dr. Louis Z. G. Touyz

  • Beverages
  • Frangibles
  • Oral-biology
  • Periodontics
  • Oral-medicine


Dr. Mervyn Gornitsky

  • Facial pain
  • Saliva
  • Scleroderma
  • Xerostomia





Associate and Adjunct Members


Dr. Nilana Barros

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


Dr. Marta Cerruti

  • Surface modifications
  • Biomaterials for soft and hard tissue applications
  • Bio-interface characterization
  • IR, Raman and XPS spectroscopy

Dr. Elham Emami

  • Prosthodontic clinical trials
  • Oral Epidemiology and Dental Public Health
  • Rural Oral Health
  • Patient-based outcomes
  • Systematic reviews and Meta-analyses

Dr. Eduardo Franco

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


Dr. Showan N. Nazhat

  • Biopolymers
  • Biodegradable materials
  • Bioactivecomposites
  • Tissue engineering scaffolds
  • Cell-material interactions in 3D


Dr. Marie-C Rousseau

  • Epidemiology
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Immunity and inflammation
  • HPV infection

Dr. Nicolas Schlecht

  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Cancer
  • HPV
  • HIV


Dr. Petra Schweinhardt

  • Cerebral pain processing
  • Pain modulation
  • Chronic pain

Dr. René St-Arnaud

  • Transcriptional regulation
  • Osteoblasts
  • Vitamin D metabolism
  • Animal models of bone disease
  • Nascent polypeptide associated complex and co-activator alpha


Dr. Hojatollah Vali

  • Biomineralization
  • Tissue engineering and biomaterials