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School of Dental Medicine

Department of Oral Biology

Why Choose UB Oral Biology?

“As one of the top oral biology departments in the country, students interact with some of the best in fundamental oral science."

Michael Russell 
Professor, Oral Biology

The Department of Oral Biology provides state-of-the-art research training in scientific methodology and theory, preparing students to become part of leading oral health research faculties or oral health research institutions.

The Focus

Creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge inoral and craniofacial health science.

The Students

Postdoctoral, graduate, dental, and undergraduate.

Major Research Areas

The ProgramThe department has a PhD program in Oral Biology, a strong postdoctoral training program, and is associated with both the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) run by the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the MS in Oral Sciences program run by the School of Dental Medicine. Learn More >>


A NIH T-32 Institutional Training Grant is currently available for domestic PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Support for non-domestic students is also available. Learn More >>

Research Funding

The department has an extremely impressive history of obtaining research funding, including both department-wide NIH training grants and individual faculty research awards. The department’s particular success in obtaining NIH Training Grants reflects its very strong national reputation for both research quality and student mentoring. In turn, these grants provide the funding required to maintain a large and robust training program.


Graduates of our PhD and postdoctoral training programs are successful researchers, teachers, and administrators in dental schools and research institutions throughout the U.S., and in many foreign countries.