Academics and Training

Biomedical Research Building (BRB).

The department is home to highly successful predoctoral (PhD in Oral Biology) and postdoctoral training programs. It is also associated with the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PPBS) run by the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

  • Oral Biology PhD
    The PhD program provides training for those who wish to pursue basic and/or clinical research in dental medicine or the biomedical sciences. Candidates may include those with bachelor's, master's, or DDS (or equivalent) degrees. 
  • NIH T32 Training Grant
    The department is entering the 7th year of its T32 Training Grant from the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at NIH.  The project, "Advanced Training in Oral Biology," provides stipend, tuition, fees, and health insurance support for both predoctoral trainees (dentists and non-dentists seeking a PhD) and postdoctoral trainees (dentists or PhDs).  Dr. Stefan Ruhl, Professor and Chair of Oral Biology, is the Principal Investigator and Program Director.  Dr. Frank Scannapieco, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Oral Biology, is the Program Co-Director.
  • 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. 
  • Oral Biology PhD/Postdoc Training Goals
    The primary mission of the Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Training Program in Oral Biology is to prepare individuals for careers in research and education in academia or in industry - particularly in interdisciplinary oral health related fields - and to provide these individuals with the expertise necessary to become leaders in the field of oral health research. Graduates will have the qualifications and research expertise to become global leaders as scientists in academia or industry.
  • Support for Trainees
    Salary and/or tuition support for students and postdoctoral fellows may come from a variety of sources.
  • Student Research Toolbox
    The student research program provides an opportunity for dental students to become involved in research during the academic year as well as in the summer inter-session period.