Faculty Leadership

Laura Tam

Interim Dean

Laura Tam, D.D.S., M.Sc.

Professor Laura Tam currently serves as the Interim Dean at the Faculty of Dentistry. She has served as the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education; Director of the Comprehensive Care Program; and the Course Coordinator for the Third Year Comprehensive Care Program and Third Year Restorative Dentistry Courses at the Faculty of Dentistry.

Professor of Restorative Dentistry in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Professor Tam has conducted clinical and laboratory research on a variety of topics in dental materials published in journals such as Operative Dentistry and  the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry. Her research in restorative dentistry explores vital tooth bleaching and dental restorative materials.  

In 2015, Professor Tam received the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education from the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry for the University of Toronto.  

View Dr. Tam's academic profile here.


Jim Yuan Lai

Vice-Dean, Education 

Jim Yuan Lai  B.Sc., D.M.D., M.Sc. (Perio), Ed.D., F.R.C.D.(C)

With a background that spans education, research and dentistry practice, Dr. Lai oversees the educational mission of both the graduate and undergraduate programs at the Faculty of Dentistry. 

In 2002, Dr. Lai was inducted as a Fellow into the Royal College of Dentists of Canada; this was followed by a Fellowship in the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Honor Dental Organization (2004), the International College of Dentists (2005), and the American College of Dentists (2006). He has also been the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) as well as the Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

View Dr. Lai’s academic profile here.



Morris Manolson

Vice-Dean, Research

Morris F. Manolson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Morris F. Manolson is a Professor and Interim Vice-Dean, Research at the Faculty of Dentistry. He is cross-appointed at U of T’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine and is currently serving as President of the Canadian Connective Tissue Society. His research, focusing on preventing excessive bone loss associated with osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis and periodontal disease, is funded by CIHR and NSERC, has produced three patent applications and over 70 peer-reviewed papers which have accumulated over 5000 citations. He received the "Quality of Life” award from the Institute for Muscularskeletal Health and Arthritis, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research-Institute for Gender Health/Ontario Women's Health Council Senior Investigator Award, both in recognition of his work towards preserving bone health in arthritis and osteoporosis.  

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Anuradha Prakki

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education

Anuradha Prakki, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D

Working closely with the Vice-Dean, Education, Interim Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, Dr. Prakki oversees the DDS and IDAPP programs.

Among teaching roles, Dr. Prakki acted as treatment plan coordinator and restorative clinical instructor at the University of Toronto clinics. She is the course co-director for Dental Anatomy and Occlusion, and director for Restorative Dentistry I Didactic and Restorative Dentistry I Pre-Clinical courses. Dr. Prakki has received The Dr. A. Bruce Hord Master Teacher Award (2012-2013), The W. W. Wood Award (2017) for excellence in dental education, and the Dentsply Sirona Global Clinical Case Contest – national winner award as a tutor (2018). Her research investigates mechanisms of dentin degradation. She also develops longer-lasting restorative materials, and evaluates their performance and interaction with surrounding tissues. Dr. Prakki has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials.

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Anil Kishen

Associate Dean, Graduate Education

Anil Kishen, B.D.S., M.D.S., Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate Education, Dr. Anil Kishen, works with the Vice Dean, Education to ensure the quality of the graduate and graduate specialty programs offered at the Faculty. With MSc, PhD and graduate specialty programs in all ten of the recognized dental specialties, the Faculty graduate programming is uniquely comprehensive.  
A Professor of Endodontics, Dr. Kishen’s research focuses on microbe-host tissue interactions and nanoparticle-guided tissue engineering. He has received several teaching awards and honors including W. W. Wood Award (2016) for excellence in dental education from Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry (ACFD), the prestigious 2020 Louis I. Grossman Award from the American Association of Endodontists for cumulative publication of significant research studies that have made an extraordinary contribution to endodontology, and the 2023 National Dental Research Award from the Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR) and the ACFD for exceptional contributions to dental research in a Canadian University. Kishen has supervised more than 100 trainees, including fifteen PhD and more than 25 MSc students. Dr. Kishen has published widely, edited books and is a co-inventor in several patents.  

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Arleen Morrin

Chief Administrative Officer

Arleen Morrin, MEd, PhD (Higher Education), CHRL

Prior to joining the Faculty of Dentistry, Dr. Morrin held numerous leadership positions across University of Toronto, including Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

As the CAO, she is responsible for the overall business administration of the Faculty, including budget, finance, human resources, information technology and building operations and services. Dr. Morrin is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and holds a MEd and PhD in Higher Education from University of Toronto’s, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

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James Posluns

Director of Clinical Affairs

James Posluns, B.Sc., D.D.S., D. Ortho, M.Ed., F.R.C.D.(C)

From safety to Access to Care funding for patients, Dr. Posluns oversees the operation of each of the Faculty’s 14 clinics (294 chairs) and its staff. As well as being an expert in clinical matters, Dr. Posluns is a practicing orthodontist.

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Selina Esteves

Director of Advancement

Selina Esteves

Selina oversees the alumni relations and fundraising program at the Faculty, and focuses on philanthropic giving, sponsorship and the student, alumni and donor experience.

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Chris Swayze

Director, Continuing Dental Education

Chris Swayze, MBA, D.D.S, HBSc

With an extensive background in dental regulation and professional development, Dr. Swayze oversees the Continuing Dental Education program at the Faculty of Dentistry. As well as being an expert in continuing education, Dr. Swayze is also an expert in infection prevention and control and involved in the development of national standards and guidelines.

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