The University of Queensland

L SamaranayakeProfessor Lakshman Samaranayake.
Head of School, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences

Hon DSc, BDS, DDS (Glas), FRCPath (UK), FDSRCSE (Hon), FRACDS, FCDSHK, FHKCPath, FHKAM (Pathol & Dent Surg.)

Lakshman Samaranayake is the Head, and the Professor of Oral Microbiomics and Infection at the University of Queensland, School of Dentistry. Prior to his appointment at Queensland in January 2014 he was the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Eastman Dental Institute, London.

Hailing from Sri Lanka, Professor Samaranayake earned his doctoral degree at the University of Glasgow, UK where he was a Consultant/ Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine and Pathology.

Then he served as an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, and subsequently in Hong Kong. With an h-index of 57, Prof Samaranayake is considered the foremost authority in oral candidal infections and, has authored more than 400 publications.

For his research he has received a number of awards and honors including the Distinguished Scientist Award of the International Association for Dental Research, Washington, USA,  and the much coveted King James IV Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh UK.

He has served as a World Bank Consultant in Problem Based Learning (PBL) and lectured extensively world over, on this subject and related matters.