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 Academics/TrainingOral Biology PhD     September 17, 2014  

Ph.D. Program in Oral Biology

The Ph.D. 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 the following areas:

  • biochemistry
  • biophysics
  • clinical studies
  • developmental biology
  • epidemiology
  • immunology
  • microbiology
  • cell and molecular biology
  • physiology
  • 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; a research area does not necessarily consist of a single "traditional" scientific discipline. This program requires instead that students be committed to research and an academic career.

Ph.D. Program Director:

Dr. Mira Edgerton  (edgerto@buffalo.edu)


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Frank Scannapieco

Professor and Chair

There's quite a diverse group of studies that we're working on. For example, we are now investigating the role of oral health in systemic disease, particularly the effects of oral health on hospital-acquired pneumonia.

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Libuse Bobek

Professor

Every student has a primary mentor and a committee that is composed of at least three other members of the faculty who guide the students throughout the five or six years of study that it takes.

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Mira Edgerton

Research Professor

I think as mentors at UB, our approach to scientific thought processes is our strength; we emphasize higher-order reasoning as an essential part of an approach to a problem.

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Ernesto DeNardin

Professor

The unique thing about our PhD program is that, in most cases, the graduate students are also clinical residents, so they get a unique exposure to both worlds. 

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Keith Kirkwood (’97)

A lot of my training and views on clinical periodontics especially are based on my experiences in Oral Biology in Buffalo. The program allowed me to seek training outside the department because I wanted different expertise.

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Lawrence Tabak (’81)

We all learned from each other—students, postdocs and faculty alike. Our journal clubs were pretty intense. My classmates went on to very distinguished academic/research careers. We were taught to be intellectually rigorous and unafraid to try new things.

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Jenny Sun (’08)

Dr. Edgerton is trying to encourage all of us to think for ourselves and lead us to the correct way. We talk daily. I like this department a lot. The students, the faculty—everybody knows everybody else. We always talk together, what is going on with your research. It’s kind of a big family, and the faculty is very easygoing.

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Calogero Dolce (’96)

The Oral Biology program met all my needs. They were very, very accommodating. There was a diversity of people there. Everything that you needed was there. If you had a problem, you could always go to another faculty member to get your question resolved. There was a lot of different expertise.