Boyen Huang, DDS, MHA, PhD

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Boyen Huang, DDS (Kaohsiung, 1994), MHA (Chang Gung, 2000), PhD (London, 2004)


Office Phone
Office Address

15-136C Moos Tower 515 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Department of Primary Dental Care,
Division of Dental Public Health


Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Associate Professor


PhD, Queen Mary University of London
Field: Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry

MHA, Chang Gung University
Field: Health Administration

DDS, Kaohsiung Medical University

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Dr. Boyen Huang assumed his role as an associate professor with tenure at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2020. Before joining the U, he held various executive, research, and teaching positions at institutions such as Charles Sturt University, James Cook University, Kyoto University, and the University of Western Australia. Dr. Huang's contributions extend beyond academia, as he has actively participated in executive and committee roles for the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Throughout his career, Dr. Huang has been dedicated to mentoring early career academics and postdoctoral researchers, overseeing numerous graduate and undergraduate research projects. His expertise is sought after, leading him to be invited to review oral health strategies for state governments and evaluate grant applications for various federal, state, and professional funding bodies. His commitment to collaboration is evident in his leadership of numerous projects encompassing faculty development, scientific research, student mobility, and resource integration and sharing, involving colleagues and institutions globally.
Starting in January 2024, Dr. Huang has taken on the role of Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at the School of Dentistry. In this capacity, he directs new faculty orientation, mentorship programs, peer observations of teaching, and faculty development initiatives. Additionally, he plays a crucial role in providing support for faculty tenure and academic promotion.

Research Summary

Dr. Huang's research encompasses the investigation of biological and sociobehavioral risk factors linked to oral conditions, such as dental and craniofacial anomalies, as well as traumatic dental injuries. His recent work also delves into the emerging field of teledentistry. Leading an international and interprofessional team, Dr. Huang is driving a mobile health (mHealth) research project focused on remotely assessing traumatic dental injuries using smartphone-acquired photos.

His pioneering efforts extend to the development of an artificial intelligence-empowered mHealth practice model, which shows promise in advancing clinical decision-making and the implementation of online emergency support systems. These forward-thinking initiatives underscore Dr. Huang's commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and enhancing dental care methodologies.

Research Interests

  • Teledentistry and mHealth
  • Use of artificial intelligence in dentistry
  • Oral health literacy and digital literacy
  • Epidemiologic determinants of oral conditions

Teaching Summary

Dr. Huang is experienced in and passionate for teaching dental public health, pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, dental therapy, and research methods in health sciences. He particularly values (1) the translation of research outcomes into teaching and service, in addition to (2) the nourishment of understanding, respect and critical thinking, and (3) buildups of research/professional capabilities for the future generation.

Course Director

DDS 6331 Dental Public Health I
DDS 6332 Dental Public Health II
DDS 6333 Understanding Health Systems


DDS 6327 Dental Professional Development III Fall
DDS 6328 Dental Professional Development IV Summer
DDS 7328 Dental Professional Development IV Fall
DDS 6341 Dental Public Health & Access to Oral Health


Taiwanese / Hokken


Gardner J, Huang B, Ip RHL. Oral health knowledge is associated with oral health-related quality of life: a survey of first-year undergraduate students enrolled in an American university. BMC Oral Health. 2023 Dec;23: 961.

Johnson A, Huang B, Galina IC, Ngo A, Uppgaard R. Splatter generated by oral surgery irrigation and its implication for infection control. Clinical Oral Investigations. Clinical Oral Investigations. 2023 Nov;27(11): 6607-6612.

Uppgaard R, Huang B, Johnson A, Lynn S. The effect of smartphone filming on student confidence in dental anesthesia techniques: a randomized trial. Journal of Dental Education. 2023 May;87(5): 676-685.

Schmidt J*, Huang BThe pH of bottled water commercially available in Australia and its implications for oral health. Journal of Water and Health. 2022 May;20(5): 871–876.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Mehdizadeh M, Vignarajan J, Norman R, Huang B, Spallek H, Irving M, Arora A, Kruger E, Tennant M. Mobile photographic screening for dental caries in children: diagnostic performance compared to unaided visual dental examination. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2022 Mar;82(2):166-175.

Al-Humairi A, Ip RHL, Spuur K, Zheng X, Huang BVisual grading experiments and optimization in CBCT dental implantology imaging: preliminary application of integrated visual grading regression. Radiation and Environmental Biophysics. 2022 Mar;61(1): 133-145. 

Schmidt J, Huang BAwareness and knowledge of dental erosion and its association with beverage consumption: a multidisciplinary survey. BMC Oral Health. 2022 Feb;22: 35.

Kennedy EN, White BA, Weintraub JA, Moss ME, Jordan S, Quick KK, Ticku S, Huang B, Douglass C. Collaborating and teaching a synchronous, multi-university, virtual course: health policy and access to dental care. Journal of Dental Education. 2021 Sep;85(9): 1536-1542.

Tanny L, Huang B, Shaweesh A, Currie G. Characterisation of anterior open bite in primary school-aged children: a preliminary study with artificial neural network analysis. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2021 Sep;31(5): 576-582. 

Mishima S, Takahashi K, Kiso H, Murashima-Suginami A, Tokita Y, Jo J, Uozumi R, Nambu Y, Huang B, Harada H, Komori T, Sugai M, Tabata Y, Bessho K. Local application of Usag-1 siRNA has potential to regenerate teeth in Runx2-deficient mice. Scientific Reports. 2021 Jul;11: 13674. 

Huang B, Zachar JJ. Social and behavioural determinants of areca nut consumption in adolescents. Oral Diseases. 2020 Nov;26(8): 1820-1826.

Schmidt J, Huang BThe acidity of non-alcoholic beverages in Australia: risk of dental erosion. International Journal of Scientific Study. 2020 May;8(2): 28-35.

Zachar JJ, Huang B, Yates E. Awareness and knowledge of oral cancer amongst adult dental patients attending regional university clinics in New South Wales, Australia: A questionnaire-based study. International Dental Journal. 2020 Apr;70(2): 93-99.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Mehdizadeh M, Vignarajan J, Norman R, Huang B, Spallek H, Irving M, Arora A, Kruger E, Tennant M. Teledentistry as a novel pathway to improve dental health in school children: a research protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Oral Health. 2020 Jan;20: 11.

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Mishima S, Murashima-Suginami A, Kakeno A, Yamazaki T, Asai K, Tokita Y, Uozumi R, Sugai M, Harada H, Huang B, MacDougall M, Bessho K. Third dentition is the main cause of premolar supernumerary tooth formation. Journal of Dental Research. 2019 Aug;98(9): 968-974. 

Tanny L, Huang B, Naung Y, Currie G. Non-orthodontic intervention and non-nutritive sucking behaviours: a literature review. Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences. 2018 Apr;34(4): 215-222. 

Saito K, Takahashi K, Huang B, Asahara M, Kiso H, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Mishima S, Nagata M, Iida M, Tokita Y, Asai M, Shimizu A, Komori T, Harada H, MacDougall M, Sugai M, Bessho K. Loss of stemness, EMT and supernumerary tooth formation in Cebpb-/-Runx2+/- murine incisors. Scientific Reports. 2018 Mar: 5169.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Huang B, Shiikha J, Kruger E, Bunt S, Tennant M. Comparison of a smartphone-based photographic method with face-to-face caries assessment: A mobile teledentistry model. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2017 May;23(5): 435-440.

Astill S, Ricketts N, Singh LA, Kurtz D, Gim YH, Huang BEnvironmental and perceived stress in Australian dental undergraduates: preliminary outcomes. Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects. 2016 Dec;10(4): 270-279.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Huang B, Checker H, Steele L, Kruger E, Tennant M. The efficacy of remote screening for dental caries by mid-level dental providers using a mobile teledentistry model. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2016 Oct;44(5): 435-441.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Xiao D, Vignarajan J, Huang B, Kruger E, Tennant M. A proof-of-concept evaluation of a cloud-based store-and-forward telemedicine app for screening for oral diseases. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2016 Sep;22(6): 319-325. 

Hassan NMM, Dhillon A, Huang BCleidocranial dysplasia: Clinical overview and genetic considerations. Pediatric Dental Journal. 2016 Aug;26(2): 45-50.

Togo Y, Takahashi K, Saito K, Kiso H, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Yanagita M, Sugai M, Harada H, Komori T, Shimizu A, MacDougall M, Bessho K. Antagonistic functions of USAG-1 and RUNX2 during tooth development. PLOS ONE. 2016 Aug;11(8): e0161067.

Aminabadi NA, Huang B, Samiei M, Agheli S, Jamali Z, Shirazi S. A randomized trial using 3Mixtatin compared to MTA in primary molars with inflammatory root resorption: a novel endodontic biomaterial. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2016 Spring;40(2): 95-102. 

Takahashi K, Togo Y, Saito K, Kiso H, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Fujimura K, Bessho K. Two non-syndromic cases of multiple supernumerary teeth with different characteristics and a review of the literature. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology. 2016 May;28(3): 250-254.

Saito K, Takahashi K, Asahara M, Kiso H, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Sugai M, Shimizu A, Motokawa M, Slavkin HC, Bessho K. Effects of Usag-1and Bmp7 deficiencies on murine tooth morphogenesis. BMC Developmental Biology. 2016 May;16: 14. 

Huang LYG, Huang BThe impact of global budget system on dynamics of dental manpower and utilization of dental services. Dental Research Journal. 2016 Mar-Apr;13(2): 132-138.

Huang B, Lejarraga C, Franco CS, Kang Y, Lee A, Abbott J, Takahashi K, Bessho K, Pumtang-on P. Influence of non-orthodontic intervention on digit sucking and consequent anterior open bite: a preliminary study. International Dental Journal. 2015 Oct;65(5): 235-241. 

Wang MTA, Huang B, Chiu AHY, Lam WM, Takahashi K, Bessho K, Abbott PV. Discrepancy between chronological age and evaluated dental age using the Demirjian system in Western Australian children. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2015 Oct;47(4): 469-474. 

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Saito K, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Bessho K. Interactions between BMP-7 and USAG-1 (uterine sensitization-associated GENE-1) regulate formations of supernumerary maxillary incisors. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2015 Oct;44(S1): e294. 

Huang B, Takahashi K, Goto T, Kiso H, Sugai M, Shimizu A, Kosugi S, Bessho K. ANKH polymorphisms and clicking of the temporomandibular joint in dental residents. Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. 2015 Jun;14(2): 247-251.

Mahiepala NA, Phan VL, Kieu KD, Koppen JP, Hussain BH, Huang BInfluencing factors of paediatric dental anxiety levels in an undergraduate dental clinic. European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2015 Jun;16(2): 159-162. 

Wang E, Thomas AM, Welten M, Tan LJ, Varma S, Tan I, Huang BAesthetic changes of restorative materials related to application of topical fluorides. Jökull. 2015 Mar;65(3): 178-186. 

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Kang Y, Saito K, Togo Y, Goto T, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Nakashima Y, Bessho K. Application of anti-BMP antibodies to immunohistochemical examination of fibrous dysplasia. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology. 2015 Jan;27(1): 106-111. 

Lin D, Huang BStaining potential of APF foam on dental restorations in vitro. Journal of Conservative Dentistry. 2015 Jan;18(1): 30-33.

Wang E, Huang BDiscolouration of glass-ionomer cement at different fluoride concentration levels. Oral Health and Dental Management. 2014 Jun;13(2): 275-278.

Huang B, Takahashi K, Jennings EA, Pumtang-on P, Kiso H, Togo Y, Saito K, Sugai M, Akira S, Shimizu A, Bessho K. Prospective signs of cleidocranial dysplasia in Cebpb deficiency. Journal of Biomedical Science. 2014 May;21(1): 44. 

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Saito K, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Sugai M, Shimizu A, Tabata Y, Economides A, Slavkin H, Bessho K. Interactions between BMP-7 and USAG-1 (uterine sensitization-associated gene-1) regulate supernumerary organ formations. PLOS ONE. 2014 May;9(5): e96938. 

Togo Y, Takahashi K, Saito K, Kiso H, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Hyon SH, Bessho K. Aldehyded dextran and ε-poly(l-lysine) hydrogel as non-viral gene carrier. Stem Cells International. 2013 Jul;2013: 634379. 

Huang B, Takahashi K, Yamazaki T, Saito K, Yamori M, Asai K, Yoshikawa Y, Kamioka H, Yamashiro T, Bessho K. Assessing anteroposterior basal bone discrepancy with the Dental Aesthetic Index. Angle Orthodontist. 2013 May;83(3): 527-532. 

Huang B, Takahashi K, Sakata-Goto T, Kiso H, Togo Y, Saito K, Tsukamoto H, Sugai M, Akira S, Shimizu A, Bessho K. Phenotypes of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta deficiency: hyperdontia and elongated coronoid process. Oral Diseases. 2013 Mar;19(2): 144-150. 

Sakata-Goto T, Takahashi K, Kiso H, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Takemoto M, Hayashi T, Sugai M, Nakamura T, Yokota Y, Shimizu A, Slavkin H, Bessho K. Id2 controls chondrogenesis acting downstream of BMP signaling during maxillary morphogenesis. Bone. 2012 Jan;50(1): 69-78. 

Huang B, Takahashi K, Sakata T, Kiso H, Sugai M, Fujimura K, Shimizu A, Kosugi S, Sato T, Bessho K. Increased risk of temporomandibular joint closed lock: a case-control study of ANKH polymorphisms. PLOS ONE 2011 Oct;6(10): e25503. 

Huang B, Inagaki K, Yoshii C, Kano M, Abbott PV, Noguchi T, Takahashi K, Bessho K. Social nicotine dependence in Australian dental undergraduate students. International Dental Journal. 2011 Jun;61(3): 152-156. 

Rowland ML, Naidoo S, AbdulKadir R, Moraru R, Huang B, Pau A. Perceptions of intimidation and bullying in dental schools: a multi-national study. International Dental Journal. 2010 Apr;60(2): 106-112. 

Huang B, Marcenes W, Croucher R, Hector M. Activities related to the occurrence of traumatic dental injuries in 15-to 18-year-olds. Dental Traumatology. 2009 Feb;25(1): 64-68. 

Inagaki K, Hayashi J, Ting CC, Noguchi T, Senda A, Hanamura H, Morita I, Nakagaki H, Koide T, Shieh TY, Kurioka N, Endo A, Otani T, Amagai K, Hara M, Huang B, Yoshii C, Kano M. Dental undergraduates’ smoking status and social nicotine dependence in Japan and Taiwan - comparison between two dental schools. Japanese Journal of Tobacco Control. 2008 Oct;3(5): 81-85.

Pau A, Rowland ML, Naidoo S, Abdulkadir R, Makrynika E, Moraru R, Huang B, Croucher R. Emotional intelligence and perceived stress in dental undergraduates: a multinational survey. Journal of Dental Education. 2007 Feb;71(2): 197-204.