Research at the College of Dentistry

Research is integral to the College of Dentistry at Ohio State. Not only does our research contribute to the oral health of people throughout the world, but it also provides students a critically important dimension beyond classroom and clinical education. In the 2013 fiscal year, the college received $3.2 million in external research funding. Our faculty researchers receive support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation – the nation's two most prestigious research funding institutions.

As part of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in the country, with colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine all on the same campus, we are committed to collaborative and translational research. Our collaborative projects include the study of:

  • craniofacial development
  • connective and mineralized tissues
  • dental materials
  • dental implants
  • human and bacterial molecular genetics
  • neurobiology
  • oral cancer
  • pain management
  • psychoneuroimmunology
  • immunology
  • bone and cartilage tissue engineering
  • tissue repair
  • wound healing

Major Research Areas

Our faculty research is breaking new ground, with applications across the health sciences. College of Dentistry faculty members are currently doing research in areas including: