Anne Tanner, B.D.S., Ph.D., is a dentist and microbiologist at The Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Mass. She is also associate professor, oral medicine, infection and immunity, at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass. She earned her B.D.S. in dental surgery at Guy's Hospital Dental School, London University, England, UK; and her Ph.D. in periodontal microbiology at University of London, England, UK. She completed her postgraduate doctoral training at the then Forsyth Dental Center, Boston, Mass.
Tanner’s research interests have encompassed periodontal infections and dental caries. Her pivotal studies in anaerobic microbiology led to the description of several major periodontal pathogens including Bacteroides forsythus, which was reclassified to Tannerella forsythia in recognition of her work. Last year, Tanner received the IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Research in Dental Caries in recognition of her outstanding and innovative achievements that have contributed to the basic understanding of caries etiology.