Mary MacDougall, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry
Dr. Mary MacDougall is the newly appointed Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. She earned her Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry and her B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, Revelle College. She joined the faculty at USC School of Dentistry as a Research Assistant Professor in 1986. In 1993, she was appointed an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School, in 1998 she was promoted to Professor with tenure, and in 1999 became the Dental School’s first Associate Dean for Research. In 2005, she was awarded the Presidents Council Chair in Dental Research. From 2005-2017, she held the James R. Rosen Chair in Dental Research, was the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Institute of Oral Health Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. She was the founding director of UAB’s Global Center for Craniofacial Oral and Dental Disorders (2012-2017) and the School of Dentistry’s NIDCR supported “Dental Academic Research Training” (2006-2017) program. She has served as President of both the American Association of Dental Research (2005-2006) and the International Association of Dental Research (2013). She has received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Pulp Biology Research Award (2001), the Mineralized Tissue Research Award (2005), the AADR National Student Research Group Mentor of the Year Award (2003), the AADR Distinguished Mentorship Award (2011), the Burton C. Borgelt/SCADA Faculty Advisor Award from the Student Clinician of the American Dental Association (2012), and the IADR Distinguished Women Faculty Mentor (2017). She is an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow and has published nearly 150 papers. Dr. MacDougall’s research centers on the molecular mechanisms associated with tooth formation, dental tissue-specific cytodifferentiation, extracellular matrix formation, tooth stem cells and tissue regeneration as well as related human genetic dental diseases. Her research has been continuously funded by the NIH/NIDCR since 1985; with total career federal funding in excess of 22.5 million dollars