Professional background

Dr McDonald was appointed as senior lecturer in 2007 and academic head of prosthodontics in 2009. She was co-director of the MSc in implant dentistry 2008-9, director MSc conservative dentistry 2010-12, director of MClinDent prosthodontics and MCD prosthodontics advanced training programme 2009-present. She was specialty advisor in restorative dentistry North London, Royal College of surgeons, England 2007-12.

She has been an examiner for IQE EDI 2005-7, MFDS RCS 2005-8, MJDF 2009-11. Currently she is external examiner for FFD (Pros) RCSI. Dr McDonald is a member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2003-)

She served on BSRD Council 2000-2003 and most recently served on REF Panel UoA3 (2011-2014) assessing UK dental research (proposed by British Society of Restorative Dentistry BSRD).

She was a specialty advisor North London, Royal College of surgeons, England (2007-2012) ensuring standards were maintained in recruitment and selection. Most recently she joined the specialist advisory committee Royal College of Surgeons, England (2015-)

She led on flexible working for the Athena Swan committee that resulted in a successful silver award for EDI in 2016.

Within prosthodontics, she leads teaching learning and assessment using innovative methods.


Research interests

  • Ageing of dentition
  • Microbiology
  • Biomaterials


Gora, W. S., McDonald, A., Hand, D. P., & Shephard, J. D. (2016). Microsecond enamel ablation with 10.6 mu m CO2 laser radiation. LASERS IN DENTISTRY XXII, 9692. SPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING. doi:10.1117/12.2207455

Chiu, L. P. Y., Vitale, N. D., Petridis, H., & Mcdonald, A. (2016). The Effect of Different Water Temperatures on Retention Loss and Material Degradation of Locator Attachments. Journal of Prosthodontics. doi:10.1111/jopr.12440

Hyland, B. W., McDonald, A., Lewis, N., Tredwin, C., Petrie, A., Hall, S., Callan, J. F. (2015). A new three-component formulation for the efficient whitening of teeth (Carbamide Plus). Clinical Oral Investigations, 19 (6), 1395-1404. doi:10.1007/s00784-014-1352-9

Lewis, N., Parmar, N., Hussain, Z., Baker, G., Green, I., Howlett, J., . . . Ready, D. (2015). Colonisation of dentures by Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA in out-patient and in-patient populations. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 34 (9), 1823-1826. doi:10.1007/s10096-015-2418-6

Ready, D., Theodoridis, G., Green, I., Ciric, L., Pratten, J., Tay, W., & McDonald, A. (2015). In vitro evaluation of the antibiofilm properties of chlorhexidine and delmopinol on dental implant surfaces. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS, 45 (6), 662-666. doi:10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2015.01.020