The research foci within the department includes:
Molecular and cellular biology of periodontal inflammation and disease progression.
Head and neck cancer cellular and molecular biology with focus on the signaling pathways involved in neoplastic development and progression.
Bioengineering/Biomechanics of temporamandibular joint and craniofacial regeneration with emphasis on dentin regeneration.
The role of microbial ecosystem in the epidemiology of inflammatory diseases in the oral cavity.
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.