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ULSD Graduate Programs

1. Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology (MSOB)

2. Combined DMD/MSOB

3. SIGS Oral Biology Ph.D. Degree

4. Combined DMD/Ph.D. Degree

5. Master of Science in Dentistry (MSD)

6. Summer Research Program

 

 

1. Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology

The MS in Oral Biology degree is a two year, research-based, full time degree program that is intended to provide graduates with a knowledge base that emphasizes contemporary biomedical sciences, and research that contributes to the scientific basis of clinical dentistry.  Students take a small number of core courses on research design, analysis and presentation during the first year.  The second year is devoted to research. Students identify a faculty mentor who helps direct a research project of interest to the student. Areas for research training include: molecular, cellular and craniofacial biology; craniomaxillofacial diagnostic imaging; neural crest-related craniofacial and cardiovascular disorders; biochemistry of calcium-regulating hormones; regulation of gene transcription; oral microbiology; inflammation and immunology; cellular mechanisms of salivary gland secretion; gene mapping of complex traits and birth defects; infection control; protein glycosylation; protein expression and trafficking; interrelationships between oral and systemic disease; periodontology; dental materials science; orthodontics; endodontics; prosthodontics; oral and maxillofacial pathology; and health services research related to dentistry.

Further details may be obtained from the program secretary, from the Graduate School, or from the M.S. in Oral Biology program website.

Application details are available here.

 

 

2. Combined DMD/MSOB

Students who have already been accepted into the School of Dentistry DMD program can apply to the DMD/MSOB track to obtain training in hands-on biomedical research.  The MSOB classes and research are completed within the 4 years of the DMD program without incurring additional tuition costs. This provides substantial depth to the clinical degree, including a broad understanding of modern biomedical research which is the basis for clinical therapies, and the opportunity to contribute to development of a novel therapy. Having the MS degree strengthens any subsequent application to clinical specialty programs or academic positions.

 

 

3. SIGS Oral Biology Ph.D. Degree

Researchers at the School of Dentistry mentor students seeking the degree of PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. Didactic instruction is the responsibility of multiple units, typically the Center for Oral Health & Systemic Disease; and Departments of Biochemistry; Microbiology and Immunology; and Anatomy. While PhD research topics are broad, most candidates will rely on the mentorship of faculty from the Center for Oral Health & Systemic Disease or the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology. In addition, faculty in the Center for Oral Health & Systemic Disease are members of the Graduate School and are also cross-appointed into various departments of the Medical School at the University of Louisville. Thus, thesis-based Ph.D.s in various disciplines (Pharmacology and Toxicology; Microbiology and Immunology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) can be sought under the tutelage of the principal investigators within our research group.

Individuals interested in pursuing a Ph.D. within the Oral Health and Systemic Disease Research Group, or Dental School, are advised to contact Dr. Douglas Darling, Oral Biology Graduate Program Director.

 

 

4. Combined DMD-PhD Degree

A 7 year DMD/PHD combined degree program is available for highly motivated students.  The DMD portion follows the conventional curriculum but is spread out over a longer period to allow ample time for research. The PhD portion is in Interdisciplinary Studies. Didactic instruction, therefore, is the responsibility of multiple units, typically the Center for Oral Health & Systemic Disease; and Departments of Biochemistry; Microbiology and Immunology; and Anatomy. While PhD research topics are broad, most candidates will rely on the mentorship of faculty from the Center for Oral Health & Systemic Disease or the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology. For further details, please contact the Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise, Dr. Don Demuth, or Dr. Douglas Darling

 

 

5. Master of Science in Dentistry

Dentists (having a DMD or equivalent degree) can apply to advanced clinical residency programs within the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, which will include a MS in Dentistry.  Residents take core courses on research design, analysis, and presentation, and complete a mentored research project.

 

 

6. Summer Research Program

The Summer Research Program offers the opportunity for qualified students in the MSOB or DMD tracks to actively participate in research and learn from experienced research faculty from the Oral Health and Systemic Disease Research Group or other University of Louisville investigators. Student researchers may be eligible to earn up to $3,000, depending on the number of projects funded and the weeks worked. Further details are available from the director of the Summer Research Program, Dr. Don Demuth.

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