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

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Appointment: (585) 275-1762

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

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1987 - 1993
University of Rochester, Department of Dental Research NIDCR - Cariology Training Program


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, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Spence T, Wijngaarden EV, Watson GE, Wahlberg K, Pineda D, Broberg K, Hyland BW, Cobice DF, Strain JJ, Yeates AJ. "The influence of fish consumption on serum n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) concentrations in women of childbearing age: a randomised controlled trial (the iFish Study)." European journal of nutrition.. 2020 Jul 28; Epub 2020 Jul 28.

Yeates AJ, Zavez A, Thurston SW, McSorley EM, Mulhern MS, Alhamdow A, Engström K, Wahlberg K, Strain JJ, Watson GE, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Shamlaye CF, Broberg K, van Wijngaarden E. "Maternal Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Status, Methylmercury Exposure, and Birth Outcomes in a High-Fish-Eating Mother-Child Cohort." The Journal of nutrition.. 2020 May 20; Epub 2020 May 20.

O'Donoghue JL, Watson GE, Brewer R, Zareba G, Eto K, Takahashi H, Marumoto M, Love T, Harrington D, Myers GJ. "Neuropathology Associated with Exposure to Different Concentrations and Species of Mercury: A Review of Autopsy Cases and the Literature." Neurotoxicology.. 2020 Feb 21; Epub 2020 Feb 21.

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