At UB, we encourage collaboration within the School of
Dental Medicine, with outside researchers and with sponsors. Our
dedicated centers and facilities offer specialized research
opportunities for those who are dedicated to oral health
We work with faculty, researchers, students and experts
worldwide to understand the impact of microbiomes, those
communities of microorganisms that live on or in people, plants,
soil, oceans, lakes, rocks and the atmosphere.
This center has a long history of working with industry to
develop research protocols, perform basic scientific and clinical
studies for new product introduction and/or product enhancement,
coordinate multicenter research, and facilitate technology transfer
This group focuses on research questions that revolve around
pain, function, diagnosis and classification. The research
activities take place within three laboratories for primary data
collection: neurosensory, biomechanics and psychophysiology.
The focus of the Center for Biosurfaces’ research program
is on understanding, prediction, and control of biological
adhesion. Multidisciplinary studies of the mechanistic details
(including physical-chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics) of
“conditioning” film formation, biopolymer deposition,
and cell and protein adhesion to synthetic materials and model
tissues are in progress.
Areas of interest in this center include soft tissue laser
surgery, hard tissue (dental) interactions, endodontic interactions
and therapy, and laser implications in cancer promotion, detection
and photodynamic therapy treatments.
Having identified diabetes, smoking, the presence of periodontal
pathogens, stress, distress, and coping measures as potential risk
factors for periodontal disease, this center’s current
activities include longitudinal studies to firmly establish risk
factors, and intervention studies directed at modulating risk
factors within populations at risk for periodontal disease.
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have received a
$239,000 grant from the National Institute of Dental and
Craniofacial Research to study what happens when seemingly harmless
bacteria overstay their welcome.