About the Graduate Program

 

DEPARTMENT OF ORAL BIOLOGY MISSION

The mission of the graduate studies program in oral biology is to foster intellectual curiosity, excellence, and creative vision in the students, and to prepare them as future leaders in the fields of academic dentistry and dental and craniofacial research.

GRADUATE STUDY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ORAL BIOLOGY

The Department of Oral Biology (DOB) at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine (UPSDM) has established an interdisciplinary graduate program which offers both the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in Oral Biology. Graduate study in the DOB covers a wide range of topics at the molecular, cellular, organismic levels as well as translational and clinical studies.

These programs are designed to provide a stimulating environment for highly motivated and qualified students to prepare them for a rewarding career in academics or industry with the focus on Oral Health and Biomedical research and teaching. The scope of the program encompasses studies of fundamental biological phenomena related to the development, structure, and function of the craniofacial region and the development of new therapies, biomaterials, and diagnostic tools for the treatment of diseases and disorders in the craniofacial area with the aim of improving health and well-being.  Currently, faculty in the DOB are focused on two areas of research concentration (ARCOs), Craniofacial Regeneration and Craniofacial Genetics, and will form the basis of graduate training in this program.

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