The research foci within the department includes:
- Molecular and cellular biology of periodontal inflammation and disease progression.
- Head and neck cancer biology and therapeutics with a focus on RNA silencing.
- Bioengineering/Biomechanics of temporamandibular joint and craniofacial regeneration with emphasis on dentin regeneration.
- Opportunistic oral bacteria and their mechanisms of colonization in oral mucosa.
- Periodontal pathogens and their molecular associations with chronic diseases.
- Commensal microbiota impact on osteoimmunology and skeletal metabolism.
Oral Health Research
The MUSC Center for Oral Health Research (COHR) has provided a major impetus for developing a sustainable oral/craniofacial research center based in the College of Dental Medicine.
Summer Research Programs
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and the Summer Health Professionals (SHP) are a National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)-funded programs that provides a 10-week research training experience in Craniofacial and Oral Health for talented students.
MUSC’s dual degree Dentist Scientist Training Program (DSTP) begins with 1 year of dental school, followed by approximately 4 years of research, and then the final 3 years of the dental school curriculum.