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Oral Biology and Pathology

  • Program Overview

    Department of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    The Graduate Program in Oral Biology and Pathology, within the Health Sciences Center, offers a program of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The M.S. curriculum is of approximately two years’ duration and is particularly suited for those dental graduates who wish to obtain further basic science training before entering or while obtaining a clinical specialty. The Graduate Program in Oral Biology and Pathology is also of particular interest to industrial-based scientists seeking additional training and advanced degrees. While the Department is interested in all aspects of oral biology, active programs of research presently being conducted include the following: development, metabolism, and control of the oral microflora on the teeth and various epithelial surfaces; oral putrefaction, malodor, and gingivitis; pathogenesis of periodontitis; interrelationship between systemic and oral diseases; mechanisms and therapy of dentinal hypersensitivity; ultrastructure and metabolism of healthy and diseased periodontal tissues with an emphasis on remodeling and matrix metalloproteinases; chemistry and crystallography of the biological calcium phosphates; biology of epithelial growth and differentiation; epithelial gene therapy; mechanisms of epidermal and oral carcinogenesis; wound repair; biology of skin and mucosal grafting; acquired and innate immunity; inflammation and fibrosis, and cancer. Further details may be obtained from the graduate program director.

  • Admissions

    Admission requirements of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

    A. A bachelor’s degree and grade point average of 3.3 in the sciences and 3.0 overall

    B Original transcripts with three letters of recommendation

    C. Proof of satisfactory performance on the General Aptitude and Advanced parts of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    All applicants are carefully screened by the credentials committee of the department. Interviews and discussions are arranged with faculty members and graduate students where possible. Formal approval for acceptance into the program is given by the Graduate School.

  • Degree Requirements

    Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Oral Biology and Pathology

    In addition to the minimum degree requirements of the Graduate School:

    A. All students must complete all or part of the Oral Biology and Pathology Oral Systems course.

    B. M.S. students must complete two graduate courses selected from offerings within and outside the Department.

    C. Ph.D. students are generally required to complete four to six course offerings at the graduate level and advance to candidacy by preparing a detailed written proposal in the format of a National Institutes of Health research grant application. A public seminar is presented by the student to members of his or her advisory committee, the department, and the University community at large, in which the student defends the proposal. This is followed by a further defense by the student before his or her advisory committee. A determination for advancement to candidacy is then made and forwarded to the Graduate School for official approval.

    D. An original research thesis is required for completion of both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. For the Ph.D., a public defense followed by an examination of the student’s dissertation by the Thesis Committee is required. For the M.S. degree, the student defends the thesis only to the student’s dissertation committee. If the thesis is recommended for approval, the determination is submitted to the Graduate School for final decisions to award the degree.


    Requirements for the MS Degree in Biomedical Science (Oral Biology and Pathology track)

    Completion of this track will require 30 credits from the approved PhD curriculum in Oral Biology and Pathology and a thesis.

  • Facilities

    Facilities of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    The Department of Oral Biology and Pathology currently occupies 18,000 square feet of research space. Facilities include isotope counters and preparative and analytical ultracentrifuges; infrared, atomic absorption, ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometers; an olfactometer; gas and high-pressure liquid chromatography systems; high-voltage, particle-free flow, and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis systems; computer equipment of various types; fluorescence densitometer, spectrophotometers, microscopes, thermocyclers, ELISA readers, microdensitometers; automated colony counter; amino acid analyzer, autoclaves and ethylene oxide sterilizer, specialized anaerobic chambers, animal, and clinical laboratories; fully equipped tissue culture facilities,

    The Living Skin Bank, which will provide a core facility for the production of clinical grade cell based therapies in a newly installed “clean room” (cGMP facility), is housed in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology, under the direction of Dr. Marcia Simon. Research operatories are available in the Dental Care Center for clinical research projects. Graduate students have access to the University central computer facility as well as high-speed Ethernet links connecting the department to E-mail, Medline, and the Internet through servers located in the University Hospital.

  • Faculty
  • Contact

    Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    Acting Chairperson
    Lucille  London, Westchester Hall (631) 632-8615


    Graduate Program Directors

    Stephen Walker, Dutchess Hall 205 (631) 632-8916

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Marguerite Baldwin, 185 Westchester Hall (631) 632-9189

    Degrees Awarded
    M.S. in Biomedical Science (Oral Biology and Pathology track)

    Ph.D. in Oral Biology and Pathology

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