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 Academics/TrainingPhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS)     July 30, 2014  

PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS)

The PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) provides an entry portal and a common first-year curriculum, equipping first year PhD students with core knowledge and concepts to support their pursuit of a PhD degree in one of several participating departments, including Oral Biology.  PPBS offers students an opportunity to experience laboratory rotations with faculty members in multiple departments before selecting a PhD mentor.  Once matched with a mentor, the student matriculates in the mentor's department and completes additional departmental requirements and a dissertation project under the direction of the student's dissertation advisory committee.

For more information on PPBS, see http://medicine.buffalo.edu/phdprogram.html


FACULTY VIEW >

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.