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 2020 fiscal year, the college received $4.8 million (31 awards) in external research funding to investigators conducting research in 8 of 9 Divisions within the College.

2020 Ranking of NIH Funding: 18 out of 66 Total Dental Schools, up from 27 in 2011

2019 Ranking of NIDCR Funding: 18 out of 66 Total Dental Schools, up from 30 in 2011

Our faculty researchers receive support from the National Institutes of Health – one of the nation's 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

2020 College of Dentistry Faculty Publications

108 publications

Division of Biosciences = 27
Division of Dental Hygiene = 8
Division of Endodontics = 1
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology = 5
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology = 1
Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Anesthesiology = 6
Division of Orthodontics = 18
Division of Pediatric Dentistry = 23
Division of Peridontology = 19

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: