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Associate Professor and Head of Discipline for Paediatric Dentistry
Department of Oral Sciences
Research summary
Enamel remineralisation and adhesion, dentine adhesion, MIH, paediatric oral health
Paediatric Dentistry at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • International Association of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • International Association of Dental Research


Associate Professor Mani's research expertise is in remineralisation of early enamel caries lesions, enamel and dentine adhesion, molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH), and paediatric oral health.

Through his research, he has established a niche in experimental strategies for enhancing dentine bond durability, enhancing bonding to developmentally hypomineralised enamel, studying the remineralisation potential of various contemporary remineralisation agents on early enamel carious lesions. Additionally, his ongoing research projects are aiming at other novel experimental strategies to remineralise such lesions.

Associate Professor Mani's research interest also includes prevention, management of early childhood caries and qualitative studies in paediatric oral health.


Chen, A. M.-C., Ekambaram, M., Li, K. C., Cooper, P. R., & Mei, M. L. (2024). A scoping review of the influence of clinical contaminants on bond strength in direct adhesive restorative procedures. Journal of Dentistry, 145, 104985. doi: 10.1016/j.jdent.2024.104985 Journal - Research Other

Chen, K., Li, K. C., Ekambaram, M., Zhang, Y., Fu, Y., & Mei, M. L. (2024). Combined effect of a bioinspired self-assembling peptide and fluoride varnish on remineralisation of artificial early enamel caries lesion: An in vitro study. Caries Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1159/000537986 Journal - Research Article

Aziz, S., Loch, C., Li, K. C., Anthonappa, R., Meldrum, A., & Ekambaram, M. (2024). Remineralization potential of dentifrices with calcium sodium phosphosilicate and functionalized tri‐calcium phosphate in the deeper incipient carious lesions: An in vitro study. Clinical & Experimental Dental Research, 10, e876. doi: 10.1002/cre2.876 Journal - Research Article

Nath, S. J. C., Fu, Y., Li, K. C., Loho, T., Loch, C., & Ekambaram, M. (2023). A comparison of the enamel remineralisation potential of self-assembling peptides. International Dental Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.identj.2023.07.003 Journal - Research Article

Sardana, D., Galland, B., Wheeler, B. J., Yiu, C. K. Y., & Ekambaram, M. (2023). Effect of sleep on development of early childhood caries: A systematic review. European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry, 24, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s40368-022-00753-3 Journal - Research Other

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