About the Program

The University of Minnesota is one of the most prestigious public research universities in the United States. Located in the heart of a major metropolis, academic and career opportunities are endless. University centers for genomics, proteomics, imaging, and computational biology lead the state-of-the-art. The Twin Cities of St Paul and Minneapolis are home to leading biotech industries (3M, Cargill, Medtronic, Novartis) and health care organizations (UnitedHealth Group, HealthPartners, Allina).

The School of Dentistry is part of a major health sciences  complex offering extensive laboratories for ceel biology and immunology, mineralized tissue studies, microbiology, neuroscience, and biomaterials. The Oral Biology Program was established in 1968 and is currently hosted by the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences in the School of Dentistry.  The Graduate Faculty in Oral Biology hold salaried appointments in many schools and departments across the University and offer a wide range of expertise in various disciplines within oral biology. Approximately half of our students are dentists trained outside the U.S. and we welcome applications from international students.   

Director of Graduate Studies

Kim Mansky, PhD
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Assistant Director/Graduate Program Coordinator

Ann Hagen
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Steering Committee

Hooi Pin Chew, BDS, PhD
Paul Jardine, PhD
Kim Mansky, PhD, ex officio
Karen Ross, PhD
Don Simon, PhD