thrust of research training in our college is built
around the environment created by our Ph.D. program. The
Oral Biology Ph.D. program trains the future researcher
both in the basic sciences and the critical thinking
skills required for a successful academic career. This
program is directed by the meaningful involvement of the
faculty within the College of Dentistry, but it is also
truly multidisciplinary involving many adjunct faculty
members in multiple colleges within the University. The
objective of the Oral Biology Ph.D. curriculum is to
support and encourage trainees to develop dissertation
research projects that bridge the interfaces amongst the
traditional approaches used to investigate human
diseases. Curricular requirements are tailored to suit
the needs of individual students.
The following degree
and training program options are available for incoming
This program includes a five-year study leading to a
Ph.D. in oral biology. The major goal of the program is
to prepare researchers and scholars for careers in
either academia, such as academic biology or dentistry,
or industry, particularly in oral health related fields. The emphasis throughout the program is on
the application of modern biological approaches to the
diagnosis, treatment and prevention of oral diseases, as
well as the understanding of normal oral function. The
minimum academic degree for entrance into the program is
a Bachelor of Science degree. A graduate student who
holds a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree and is pursuing the
Ph.D. in Oral Biology may qualify for a training grant
to fully support their studies for at least five years,
if they are also a U.S. citizen and a permanent
Dentist Scientist Graduate Program
the value of both graduate and clinical training,
faculty in the College of Dentistry developed the
curriculum for the integrated D.D.S./Ph.D. program. This
is a seven-year program leading to a D.D.S./Ph.D.
degree and is currently supported by a Comprehensive
Training Grant in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC).
This program provides both tuition and stipend support
to exceptional trainees who are driven to pursue both
research and clinical careers. The seven year program
incorporates Ph.D. training embedded within our standard
dental curriculum. Approximately two students are
admitted into the dual-degree program each year.
Acceptance to both the D.D.S. and Oral Biology Ph.D.
programs is essential for admission into this program.
interested in this program should contact Dr. John
Sheridan at firstname.lastname@example.org
or fill out this online form:
CTOC Ph.D. Programs Form
Dental Clinical Specialty/Ph.D. Program
provides research training to outstanding D.MD./D.D.S.
post-graduates to obtain a Ph.D. degree. Advanced
clinical residencies in some specialties integrated into
Ph.D. training are available. A U.S. citizen and a
permanent resident who holds a D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree
and is pursuing training in an advanced clinical within
the Oral Biology Ph.D. program may qualify for a
training grant to fully support their studies for at
least five years. Acceptance into both a specialty
program and the Oral Biology Ph.D. program is essential
for admission into this program.
CTOC Ph. D. Programs
Ph.D. graduates are recruited to engage in challenging
research investigations in mentored laboratories.