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Graduate Program in Oral Biology

The Graduate Program in Oral Biology offers basic science research training to students seeking academic or research-focused careers.


The Graduate Program in Oral Biology trains students to execute independent research programs, preparing them them for careers in academic dentistry, industry and other fields. Established in 1968, the program has a strong track record of placing graduates in academic and industrial positions. 

The curriculum provides a broad understanding of the development, structure, function and pathology of the orofacial region. Mentored research experiences allow students to address important mechanistic questions about the genes, proteins, cells, tissues, organs and organisms of the craniofacial realm.

The Program offers special expertise in:

  • Biomaterials and Biomechanics
  • Bone Biology and Craniofacial Development
  • Epithelial Biology and Carcinogenesis
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Orofacial Neuroscience

Students may pursue a PhD in Oral Biology, a dual DDS degree with a PhD in Oral Biology, or a Master of Science in Oral Biology.

Oral Biology in action

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Contact the Program

Julie Olson, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies
Julie Olson, PhD
17-164 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE

Assistant Program Director
Ann Hagen
[email protected]