The School of Dental Medicine Dental Registry and DNA Repository addresses the overwhelming need to better understand the interactions between genes, behavior, diet/nutrition, infectious agents, environment, and society—not to mention the need to find the best way to conduct research opportunities during these challenging budget times.
With all of that in mind, the mission of the Dental Registry and DNA Repository (DRDR) is to obtain clinical information and a biological sample from all individuals seeking treatment at Pitt Dental Medicine. To our knowledge, the DRDR is the only project in the world to keep a comprehensive set of dental phenotypes linked to DNA samples.
To make this resource possible throughout the years, the DRDR has had the help of many undergraduate students, dental students, high school students, and visiting scholars. The DRDR welcomes the support of students, and professionals. Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to become a part of the DRDR. Opportunities exist for credit or internship.