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 Academics/TrainingSupport for Trainees     September 16, 2014  

Support for Trainees

Salary and/or tuition support for students and postdoctoral fellows may come from a variety of sources.  The five most common are outlined below:

1)  Faculty Grants.  The trainee’s faculty mentor supports the trainee from their individual research award, most commonly a NIH research grant.

2)  The department’s NIH T32 Training GrantSee more information here >>

3)  PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS).  PhD trainees only.  PPBS is an “entry portal” for PhD students in the biomedical sciences at UB that provides a common first-year curriculum and full salary and tuition support for 1 year.  Students rotate through labs in multiple biomedical sciences departments across the university – including Oral Biology – before aligning with a PhD mentor for the remainder of their PhD training.  More information and a link to this Medical School-run program on our PPBS page >>

4)  Department Support.  Typically 1-year of salary and tuition support from the Department of Oral Biology, during which the student will typically rotate through multiple faculty labs in the department, before aligning with their PhD mentor.

5)  Individual Fellowships.  Trainees receiving any of the forms of support above are also typically expected to submit individual fellowship applications to appropriate research sponsors, most commonly NIH.  U.S. citizens or foreign nationals may submit individual training award applications to NIH for programs including the Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) and the Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32).  Trainees holding a clinical doctoral degree (MD, DDS/DMD, or equivalent) are eligible for other NIH programs, including the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08).


Ernesto DeNardin


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. 


Libuse Bobek


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.