Mo Kang, M.S., Ph.D., D.D.S.
Chair of the Division of Constitutive and Regenerative Sciences
Chair of the Section of Endodontics
Jack A. Weichman Chair in Endodontics
(310) 825-8048
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  43-007 CHS


Mo Kwan Kang, M.S., Ph.D., D.D.S. is a professor and the chair of the Section of Endodontics and the Division of Constitutive & Regenerative Sciences at the UCLA School of Dentistry. Dr. Kang also holds a dual appointment with the Section of Oral Biology and is the first person to hold the Dr. Jack A. Weichman Chair in Endodontics.

Educational & Professional Background

  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, CA (Biochemistry), 1994

  • M.S., University of California, Los Angeles, CA (Biochemistry), 1995

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA (Oral Biology and Medicine), 2000

  • D.D.S., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001

  • Certificate, Endodontics, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 2003

Research & Interests

The current research in Dr. Kang’s laboratory is focused on oral mucosal diseases, including oral cancer, chemical- and radiation-induced oral mucositis, and aging-associated oral epithelial dysfunction.  These studies were developed in his laboratory from extensive investigations of the mechanisms underlying cellular senescence (aging) and immortalization of normal human oral keratinocytes (NHOK).

  • 08/01 – 07/08, NIDCR/NIH (R01) Park, No-Hee (PI), Kang, Mo (Investigator)

    • HPV, Genetic Instability, and Oral Cancer

  • 08/03 – 08/08, NIDCR/NIH (K22) Principal Investigator

    • Oxidative Stress, DNA Damage, and Cellular Aging

  • 03/07 – 02/12, NIDCR/NIH (R01) Principal Investigator

    • Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy on Telomerase Function in Human Oral Epithelium

  • 07/07 – 06/12, NIDCR/NIH (K08) Kim, Reuben (PI), Kang, Mo (Co-Mentor)

    • Combined Effect of HIV and HPV in Oral Cancer

  • 09/07 – 08/12, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI #5100610)

    Marcus, Marvin (Program Director), Kang, Mo (Faculty Mentor)

    • Pipeline for Dentist/ Scientists

  • 03/08 – 03/09, NIAID/NIH & UCLA Center for Biological Radioprotectors (CBRP) Principal Investigator

    • Radioprotection of mucosal and cutaneous tissues by Bmi-1

  • 06/08 – 05/13, NIDCR/NIH (K02) Principal Investigator

    • Phenotypic and genetic effect of antiretroviral therapy on human oral epithelium

  • 07/08 – 06/10, American Association of Endodontists Principal Investigator

    • Role of Bmi-1 in Regulation of Dental Pulp Stem Cell Differentiatin

Professional Memberships

  • West Los Angeles Dental Society

  • California Dental Association

  • Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, California

  • Dental Research Institute, UCLA School of Dentistry

  • American Dental Association

  • American Association of Endodontists

  • American Association for Cancer Research

  • International Association for Dental Research

Additional Information

Patient Care

Dr. Kang practices endodontics in the Faculty Group Dental Practice.

Teaching Activities
  • DS462, Endodontic Technique (Laboratory Instructor)

  • DS2310.14, Biological Basis for Periradicular Therapy (Lecturer)

  • DS320.44, Endodontic Research for Postgraduate students (Course Chair)

  • DS413c, Advanced Endodontic Diagnosis and Treatment (Lecturer)

  • AS104, Clinical Review Course for PPID Students (Course Chair)

  • DS309.081, Molecular Biology of Oral Diseases for Periodontics Postgraduate Students (Lecturer)

  • CL403.01, Endodontic Clinic (Course Co-Chair)

  • CL404.01, Endodontic Clinic (Course Chair)

  • Introduction to Endodontics (Course Chair)