• CCDG Researchers Featured on Science Friday

    School of Dental Medicine researchers, Dr. Mary Marazita and Dr. Seth Weinberg in the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics, talk about craniofacial phenotype research on Science Friday. Read more >

  • Pitt Researchers Reveal Genes Influencing Facial Features

    A recent publication by Drs. Shaffer and Weinberg and colleagues in PLOS Genetics garners wide-spread interest and is profiled in Cosmos Magazine, The Telegraph, and Live Science. Read more >

  • CCDG Researcher Finds New Genetic Factors Contributing to Cleft Lip and Palate

    Dr. Elizabeth Leslie and colleagues analyze results of the CCDG-led multi-ethnic genome wide association study and find novel genetic factors involved in cleft lip and palate. Read more >

  • Pitt-led Study of Oral Health Disparities in Appalachia is Renewed

    Dr. Marazita and colleagues receive a $2.2 million grant renewal from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to study factors leading to oral health disparity in children from a high risk, Northern Appalachian population. Read more >

  • New Pitt-led Cleft Lip and Palate Project Begins

    Pitt Schools of Dental Medicine and Public Health Join Together to Discover More About Cleft Lip and Palate Read more >

  • CCDG Science Tuesday Talk Series

    Orofacial clefting: the case for genetic modifiers Read more>

Center For Craniofacial and Dental Genetics

Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics (CCDG). We identify genes for complex craniofacial and dental disorders in humans.

Our center is based in the Pitt School of Dental Medicine, but we work with colleagues throughout the U.S., Europe, Central and South America, Asia, and Africa, using sophisticated statistical and molecular genetic methods to map and identify genes, develop phenotypes, and investigate behavioral and epidemiological factors that influence gene expression.

If it affects craniofacial development, we're interested!

About CCDG

The research focus of the CCDG is to combine molecular genetic and statistical approaches to identify genes contributing to complex humanphenotypes increasing risk for craniofacial and dental disorders.
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Our People

A team of forty-plus dedicated individuals make the work of the CCDG possible. 
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Research at the CCDG focuses on understanding the etiology of complex human phenotypes, primarily those increasing risk for craniofacial and dental disorders.
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The CCDG has a number of outstanding resources at its disposal.
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Contact Us

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Center Administrator
Linda Carr