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School of Dental Medicine

Department of Oral Biology

PhD Program in Oral Biology

The PhD program provides training for those who wish to pursue basic and/or clinical research in dental medicine or the biomedical sciences.  Candidates my include those with bachelor's, master's, or DDS (or equivalent) degrees.  Interdisciplinary in nature, the PhD program draws upon faculty expertise in a broad range of disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology.  Students choose an area of concentration from these disciplines, but may also combine work in several fields in order to support their research interests.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 72 credit hours.  At least 25 of these must be formal coursework, and are usually completed in the first 3 semesters.  These courses can be taken from any graduate program at the university, or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  The courses will vary depending upon the student's research interests, but must include the required program courses (details below) and those directed by the student’s mentor and advisory committee.  Students are expected to achieve a grade of “B” or better in all courses.  Credit is also granted for laboratory rotations and dissertation research.  For UB PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) students, please note that successful completion of the first year of the PPBS program is fully credited towards the PhD in Oral Biology.

Other requirements of the program include participation in the department’s Journal Club and Seminar Series, passing of a written and oral Preliminary Examination, and completion and defense of a PhD dissertation.

Full Program Guidelines



PhD Program Co-Directors: Drs. Chris Li and Stefan Ruhl