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. 

FALL 2025 ENROLLMENT  |  Applications accepted June 1, 2024 - February 1, 2025

Program Co-Directors:

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Dr. Jill Kramer

Department of Oral Biology

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Dr. Rose-Anne Romano

Department of Oral Biology

About the Program Admissions Requirements How to Apply Faculty and Curriculum Cost and Funding

About the Program

This program leads to a PhD degree in Oral Biology.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the PhD program draws upon faculty expertise in a broad range of disciplines, including biochemistry, biophysics, developmental biology, immunology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology. Students choose an area of concentration from these disciplines, but may also combine work in several fields in order to support their research interests.


The Department of Oral Biology supports basic and clinical research directed to solve important problems affecting oral and general health.

Length of Program

The program length is approximately 60 months of full-time attendance beginning August 15, in the first year. Combined programs may entail a longer period of matriculation depending on the chosen graduate program. Dual enrolled students follow the start date of their clinical program.

K-12 Funding

In special circumstances, opportunities may exist for dual-enrollment with an advanced certificate program.  Funding is for US citizens and permanent residents via NIH K-12 Training Grant.   Candidates must apply to each program separately by posted deadlines. Acceptance into each program is a separate process.  Find more information about K-12 grant on-line.