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Postdoctoral Training & Graduate Education

Research Programs in the Oral Sciences


For 100 years the University of Rochester has trained dentists and other qualified individuals for academic careers in research related to oral health and disease. The Center for Oral Biology is an integral component of a major research university and collaborates closely with other University departments and centers in all areas of oral science research. The quality of this research has been rewarded by extensive support from federal and industrial sources.

The Center offers a Master of Science program in Dental Science, as well as the Training Program in Oral Science to support Ph.D. and postdoctoral level training. All students admitted to our training programs may receive full scholarships and generous stipends. The Center is actively committed to recruitment of underrepresented minorities. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting minority students, career counseling and follow-up to assist trainees in achieving their career goals. 

The focus of doctoral study in the Center for Oral Biology is to supplement a program of study in a basic science with additional proficiency in an area of oral science. All students must be accepted as Ph.D. candidates by the appropriate University of Rochester department, center, or program. The Center for Oral Biology coordinates the application process for all graduate degree programs related to oral science. Inquiries for these programs should be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies at the following address:

The Center for Oral Biology
Attention: Graduate Director
Aab Institute of Biomedical Sciences
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14642-8611
Telephone: (585) 275-0382

Graduate students who hold appointments in the Center for Oral Biology may pursue the Ph.D. degree in any of the graduate education programs and will receive a Ph.D. in anatomy, biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, biophysics, genetics, health services research and policy, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, or toxicology. Entrance requirements are in accordance with the policies of the individual department, center or program. The Ph.D. candidate is registered in the department or center in which the degree will be granted. The candidate attends classes and seminars, and carries out a research program directed toward the solution of a problem pertinent to oral science in the appropriate basic science center or department.