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Hon DSc, Hon FDSRCSE, Hon FRACDS, DDS,  BDS, FRCPath, FCDSHK, HKAM(Path), FHKAM(DSurg), FHKCPath

Professor Lakshman Samaranayake assumed duties as the Head of the School of Dentistry, and Professor of Oral Microbiomics and Infection at the University of Queensland, Brisbane,  in January 2014. Prior to this he has served at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, University of Glasgow, Scotland, University of Alberta, Canada and The University of Hong Kong, China. He served as the Dean of Dentistry at the latter institute for a decade, from 2004. The author of over 430 research articles, that are highly cited (over 11,500 occasions), Professor Samaranayake has written eight books, some translated into five languages. He has received many international accolades for his outstanding research, and services to dentistry including the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Oral Medicine and Pathology, and the much coveted King James IV Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK. He was also a Director of the FDI, as well as the Chairman of its Science Commission. Professor Samaranayake is a highly sought after speaker on oral infections and infection control, and has addressed the profession in more than 40 countries in all five continents. He is also the founding, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry.