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 Academics/TrainingOral Biology PhDClinical Specialty/PhD     September 16, 2014  


Clinical Specialty/PhD

Combined clinical specialty/PhD training is also available and is administered jointly by the School of Dental Medicine clinical departments and the Department of Oral Biology. Upon completion of this program, graduates receive both certification in a chosen specialty and the PhD degree. Additional information about clinical specialties that may be pursued in conjunction with the doctoral program (e.g. endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, and Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology) may be obtained by writing to the program director of that specialty (dental.buffalo.edu/education.aspx).

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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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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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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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Mentoring

Every project in a mentorship program has an emphasis on publishing—the “currency” of science—with a view toward high-impact journals 

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Outnumbered

It has been determined that the human body contains more bacteria than cells of its own.

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Bone Loss

The bone loss in periodontal disease is due almost entirely to the exaggerated host immune response elicited to fight oral bacteria.

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Oral and Systemic Disease

Oral biology research at UB has provided provocative evidence that oral diseases such as periodontal disease can contribute to the initiation or progression of such systemic diseases as myocardial infarction, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and pneumonia.