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Gene E. Watson, D.D.S., Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-1762

Fax: (585) 273-1237

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Dr. Watson, who has been with the Faculty Practice for more than 20 years, performs research in dry mouth, cavities, and the positive and negative effects of dental drugs. He has published and lectured nationally and internationally, and has served as a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. In addition to dentistry, Dr. Watson is jointly appointed in the Department of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.



DDS | West Virginia University School of Medicine

PHD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry
Clinical Pharmacology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency


URMC Excellence in Research Award - 2007

1987 - 1993
National Research Service Award
Sponsor: NIDCR / National Institutes of Health
Location: University of Rochester


Journal Articles

Conway MC, Yeates AJ, Love TM, Weller D, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Wesolowska M, Watson GE, Myers GJ, Shamlaye CF, Henderson J, Davidson PW, van Wijngaarden E, Strain JJ. "Maternal fish consumption and child neurodevelopment in Nutrition 1 Cohort: Seychelles Child Development Study." The British journal of nutrition.. 2023 Feb 10; :1-21. Epub 2023 Feb 10.

Orlando MS, Love T, Harrington D, Dziorny AC, Shamlaye CF, Watson GE, van Wijngaarden E, Davidson PW, Myers GJ. "The association of auditory function measures with low-level methylmercury from oceanic fish consumption and mercury vapor from amalgam: The Seychelles Child Development Study Nutrition 1 Cohort." Neurotoxicology.. 2023 Jan 5; Epub 2023 Jan 05.

Kopycka-Kedzierawski DT, Billings RJ, Feng C, Ragusa PG, Flint K, Watson GE, Wong CL, Manning S, Gill SR, O'Connor TG. "A Prospective Longitudinal Study of Early Childhood Caries Onset in Initially Caries-Free Children." JDR clinical and translational research.. 2022 Jun 9; :23800844221101800. Epub 2022 Jun 09.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Neurodevelopmental Effects of Maternal Nutrition Status and Exposure to Methyl Mercury from Eating Fish during Pregnancy: Evidence from the Seychelles Child Development Study
Book Title: Developmental Neurotoxicology Research: Principles, Models, Techniques..........
Author List: Phillip W. Davidson, J.J. Strain, Gary J. Myers, Conrad F. Shamlaye, Sally Thurston, Maxine P. Bonham, Emeir M. Duffy, Julie M.W. Wallace, Gene E. Watson, and Thomas W. Clarkson
Published By: John Wiley and sons 2011

Chapter Title: Chapter 5. Toxicological Effects of Lead in Laboratory Animals and In Vitro Test Systems Section 5.8. Effects on Bone and Teeth
Book Title: Air Quality Criteria for Lead
Author List: Gene Watson
Published By: National Center for Environmental Assessment-RTP Division, US EPA 2006 in Research Triangle Park