Master of Science in Oral Biology

Major: OBIO
Degree Awarded: MS
Unit: GD
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/dentistry/degrees/oralbiology/msob

Program Information

The School of Dentistry offers a research-based program leading to the Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology. The program is directed toward an in depth understanding of the biology of the oral cavity and processes leading to disease, including the interactions between oral and systemic health. Students obtain the scientific knowledge and biomedical skills required to perform contemporary dental research. This is a research-based degree for which each student completes a thesis project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Research projects include basic, clinical, and translational studies.

The M.S. in Oral Biology offers training important to persons wishing to pursue a career in either academic or clinical dentistry, or to enter the biotechnology sector or advance to a Ph.D. The program is available to students wishing to obtain only the M.S. in Oral Biology degree, as well as to students currently enrolled in the D.M.D. degree program wishing to earn a dual degree (D.M.D./M.S.), and persons who have previously earned a D.M.D. or M.D. (or equivalent) degree, including international applicants. See http://louisville.edu/dentistry/degrees/oralbiology .

Areas for research training include: molecular, cellular and craniofacial biology; craniomaxillofacial diagnostic imaging; neural crest-related craniofacial and cardiovascular disorders; regulation of gene transcription; oral microbiology and immunology; cellular mechanisms of salivary gland secretion; birth defects; infection control; protein glycosylation; protein expression and trafficking; periodontology; dental materials science; orthodontics; endodontics; prosthodontics; and health services research related to dentistry. Developmental biology, oral microbiology and innate immunology are particular strengths of the program.

A minimum of 30 credit hours is needed for the M.S. degree. Requirements for the degree include courses in introductory and advanced oral biology and in data analysis, participation in seminars, development of a biomedical research project, and a thesis.

Individualized programs are developed by students working with their thesis advisor and graduate committee. The graduate committee also approves proposed thesis research, reviews the thesis research, reviews the thesis for acceptance, and administers a final oral examination. Additional important information about the program is available in the Oral Biology Program Guide.

Application for Admission

Information about application process is at Louisville/oralbiology/msob/admissions. Application for the program is online at: http://louisville.edu/graduate/apply/. There is a $60.00 non-refundable application fee. Applications are not processed until the application fee is received and all required application materials have been received by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions.

Credentials listed below should be sent to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admission by the following admission deadlines for complete applications:

June 5 for Fall
November 1 for Spring
March 1 for Summer (Reserved for the M.S.D. track)

Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not be reviewed in time for registration.

Students currently enrolled in the D.M.D. degree program who wish to also apply to the M.S. degree in oral biology program should meet with the Program Director or Director of Student Affairs to determine a timeline for making an application.

Admission Credentials (SeeOral Biology Program Guide)

  • Application and application fee
  • Transcripts of all college coursework, including evidence of a baccalaureate degree
  • Graduate Record Examination scores or acceptable scores on the DAT or National Boards Dental Exam (NBDE)
  • Two letters of recommendation which document your research experience or academic ability
  • A personal statement of research experience or interest in research, and your career goals
  • TOEFL scores, if English is not applicant's native language

    Curriculum

    Major subject required (core) courses:
    Major subject selective courses:
    In addition, courses may be chosen from any 600-level courses offered by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies that are deemed to be relevant and applicable to the student’s program of study and thesis research, and must be approved by the student’s thesis advisor/director and the Program Director.

    Total credit hours required for M.S. degree: 30 credit hours

    Faculty

    Pascale Alard

    Associate Professor of Microbiology

    Bruno Azevedo

    Assistant Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Sherry Babbage

    Lecturer of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Eric Bednar

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Mark Bernstein

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Cathy Binkley

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Ricardo Caicedo

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Sunita Chandiramani

    Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Jangching Chou

    Assistant Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Stephen Clark

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Gary Crim

    Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Douglas Darling

    Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Donald Demuth

    Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Marcelo Durski

    Assistant Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Carmine Esposito

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    John Firriolo

    Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    James Graham

    Associate Professor of Microbiology

    Gerald T. Grant

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Bob Greene

    Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology

    Henry Greenwell

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Ann Greenwell

    Associate Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Bryan Harris

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Margaret Hill

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Wendy Hupp

    Associate Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Zaf Khan

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Richard Lamont

    Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Matthew Lawrenz

    Assistant Professor of Microbiology

    Shuang Liang

    Assistant Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Weishao Lin

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Mike Mansfield

    Assistant Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Hector Martinez

    Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Lee Mayer

    Associate Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Michael Metz

    Assistant Professor of General Dentistry and Oral Medicine

    Joseph Morelli

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Michele Pisano

    Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology

    Jan Potempa

    Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Liliana Rozo Gaeth

    Associate Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Lisa Sandell

    Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology

    John Sauk
    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Dean

    William Scarfe

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    David Scott

    Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Brian Shumway

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Anibal Silveira

    Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Jackie Singleton

    Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Robert Staat

    Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    David Tasman

    Clinical Professor of Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Special Care

    Silvia Uriarte

    Associate Professor of Medicine

    John Virag

    Clinical Associate Professor of Surgical Hospital and Dentistry

    Huizhi Wang

    Assistant Professor of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Jon Warawa

    Assistant Professor of Microbiology