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Rajan Saini, MDS, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

RajanSaini   10th floor - 675 W.10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z1L3, Canada


  • BDS, Manipal University, 1999
  • MDS, Manipal University, 2002
  • PhD, National University of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), 2009


Integrative Oncology - Genetics Unit, BCCRC

Research Interests

My PhD work at the National University of Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) investigated the association of the human papillomavirus with oral cancer. During my doctoral work, I also served as a Lecturer in the field of Oral Pathology and Medicine at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. My current research interests at the BCCRC include: oncogenesis of oral cancers (especially the role of microRNAs in this process), the development of biomarkers for early detection of oral cancers, and the development of naturopathic therapies for chronic oral diseases (including oral cancer/precancer).


Refereed Articles

  • Saini R, Khim TP, Rahman SA, Ismail M, Tang TH: High-risk human papillomavirus in the oral cavity of women with cervical cancer, and their children. Virol J. 2010, 7:131.

  • Saini R, Al-Maweri SA, Saini D, Ismail NM, Ismail AR: Oral mucosal lesions in non oral habit diabetic patients and association of diabetes mellitus with oral precancerous lesions. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2010, 89:320-326.
  • Saini R, Tang TH, Zain RB, Cheong SC, Musa KI, Saini D, Ismail AR, Abraham MT, Mustafa WM, Santhanam J: Significant association of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) but not of p53 polymorphisms with oral squamous cell carcinomas in Malaysia. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2010, 137:311–320.
  • Ghashm AA, Ismail NM, Othman NH, Khattak MN, Saini R: Antiproliferative effect of Tualang honey on oral squamous cell carcinoma and osteosarcoma cancer cell lines. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2010, 10:49.
  • Noor NMM, Mohd F, Bakar ZA, Rajion ZA, Saini R: Intelligent Computing Methods in Medical Diagnosis. J of Comp and IT. 2010, 1:137-150.
  • Desai D, Pandith S, Jeergal PA, Arathi K, Saini R: Fibroblastic variant of osteosarcoma: a challenge in diagnosis & management. Open Dent J. 2010, 4:211-217.
  • Saini R, Santhanam J, Othman NH, Saini D, Tang TH: Single-tube Seminested PCR Assay for Detecting Human Papillomavirus in Clinical Samples. Open Microbiol J. 2009, 3:106-112.
  • Saini R, Samsudin AR: Desmoplastic Ameloblastoma of the Mandible: A Case Report. Int Med J. 2008, 7.
  • Saini D, Nagid G, Saini R: A comparative analysis of microleakage of three root end filling materials– an in vitro study. Arch Orofac Sci. 2008, 3:43-47.
  • Saini R, Shen TH, Othman NH, Santhanam J, Othman N, Tang TH: Evaluation of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method and hybrid capture II (HCII) assay for the detection of human papillomavirus in cervical scrapings. Med J Malaysia. 2007, 62:206-209.
  • Saini R, Azmi AS, Ghani NB, Al-Salihi KA: Microscopic features of enamel and dentinal caries under confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and image analyzer: preliminary experimental study. Med J Malaysia. 2007, 62:238-240.
  • Saini R, Abd Razak NH, Ab Rahman S, Samsudin AR: Chondrosarcoma of the mandible: a case report. J Can Dent Assoc. 2007, 73:175-178.
  • Saini R, Ho ST, Jacinta S, Nor Hayati O, Norodiyah O, Tang Thean H: Comparison of DR. HPVR Chip Kit with hybrid capture II assay for the detection of human papillomavirus in clinical samples: a preliminary study. Trop Biomed. 2007, 24:17-22.
  • Saini R, Ghani ZI, Rahman NA: The awareness of oral cancer in adult patients attending School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia: a preliminary study. Singapore Dent J. 2006, 28:34-39.
  • Saini R, Aithal D: A study on Candida carriage and cytological evaluation of oral mucosa in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients. Indian J Dent Res. 2003, 14:39-45. 

Non-refereed Articles

  • Biswal BM, Nawi N, Saini R: Qualitative Assessment of Saliva in Head and Neck cancer patients undergoing Radiotherapy. UICC World Cancer Congress. Washington, D.C. (USA): 2006.