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

Professor, Faculty of Dentistry

Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Education, Faculty of Dentistry. 

Cross Appointments

Affiliated Member, Institute of Optical Sciences, University of Toronto

Full Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Department of Dentistry, Mount Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, The Hong Kong University, Hong Kong

Visiting Professor of Endodontics, King Juan Carlos University at Madrid, Spain


As a prolific researcher and Principal Investigator for the Kishen Lab, Dr. Kishen’s research explores new developments in nanobiomaterials and phototherapeutics to fight oral infections and improve outcomes for patients. In particular, he investigates topics in endodontic infection, including analyzing interactions between host tissue and harmful bacteria.



WW. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education (2016)

Journal of Endodontics Award (2016)

Journal of Endodontics Award (2015)

Research Award (Principal Supervisor), American Association of Endodontists (2015)

Canadian Association of Dental Research-Network for Canadian Oral Health Research Award (Principal Supervisor) (2015)

American Association Of Endodontists - Dentsply: Research Excellence Award (Principal Investigator/University of Toronto) (2014)

Honorary Diplomate of the Indian Board of Endodontics (2013)

Langham’s Endodontic Group Lectureship, London, UK (2013)

Jean-Marie Laurichesse Research Award (International Federation of Endodontic Associations (IFEA)) (Project Supervisor) (2012)

Research funded by: Canadian Foundation of Innovation, Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada, American Association of Endodontists Foundation and the University of Toronto

Associate Editor, Journal BMC Microbiology (2010- present)

Associate Editor  Endodontic Topics (John Wiley) (2011- present)

Associate Editor, Journal of Endodontics (Elsevier) (2011-present)

Section Editor, Singapore Dental Journal (Elsevier) (2004-11)   

Select Publications

Kishen A, Peters OA, Zehnder M, Diogenes AR, Nair MK. “Advances in endodontics: Potential applications in clinical practice.” J Conserv Dent. 2016 May-Jun;19(3):199-206.

Shrestha S, Torneck CD, Kishen A. “Dentin Conditioning with Bioactive Molecule Releasing Nanoparticle System Enhances Adherence, Viability, and Differentiation of Stem Cells from Apical Papilla.” J Endod. 2016 May;42(5):717-23.

Kherlakian D, Cunha RS, Ehrhardt IC, Zuolo ML, Kishen A, da Silveira Bueno CE. “Comparison of the Incidence of Postoperative Pain after Using 2 Reciprocating Systems and a Continuous Rotary System: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial.” J Endod. 2016 Feb;42(2):171-6.