Description of Graduate Program
The Department of Oral Biology participates in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) Program in the Graduate College at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are offered with specialization in a variety of biomedical disciplines. The opportunity exists for college graduates, including health professionals, to pursue a graduate degree in preparation for careers in research and academic dentistry. The MSIA oral biology program emphasizes basic research on clinically important problems concerned with the biological, chemical and physical basis of issues related to oral health.
Main areas of research focus include:
- molecular biology of cell signaling pathways
- cell-cell adhesion
- oral cancer
- DNA damage and repair
- craniofacial physiology including developmental anomalies
- dental outcomes
- dental biomaterials.
It is expected that students will pursue a program of a multi- or inter-disciplinary nature including courses in at least two of the disciplines represented in the department and courses offered on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) or UNMC (Omaha) campuses. The thesis or dissertation will be conducted under the direction of one or more graduate faculty members of the department. Graduate courses offered on the UNL or UNMC campus, for which prerequisites are met, may be taken by MSIA students. This allows maximum flexibility in program design for each student. These studies include course work, seminars and significant experience in research. A particular strength of this program is the degree of collaborative research between faculty of different departments and colleges. A student may pursue dental and graduate degrees simultaneously providing all entrance requirements are fulfilled.