College of Dentistry

Janet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD

Janet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD

Janet Guthmiller, DDS, PhD, became the new dean of the College of Dentistry at UNMC on Sept. 1.

Before becoming dean, Dr. Guthmiller was associate dean of academic affairs and professor in the department of periodontology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Prior to that, she served on the faculty of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (now the University of Maryland School of Dentistry) and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She was the associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2007.

Cutting-edge research at the UNMC College of Dentistry has led to a five-fold increase in external research funding over the past 15 years. Students, working one-on-one with faculty, actively engage in acquisition of new knowledge and receive national awards for their outstanding research. The college has ranked consistently in the top half of U.S. dental schools in National Institutes of Health funding, despite its comparatively small number of faculty.

Dr. Guthmiller is committed to the College of Dentistry’s tripartite mission of education, research, and service, exemplified in its very strong educational programs, sustained research projects and significant service contributions from both faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Guthmiller is an accomplished researcher, author and teacher with special interests in genetic studies of periodontal bacteria and the expression and activity of innate antimicrobial peptides. During her time in academia, she also spent 14 years as a practicing periodontist. As an educator, she has a deep interest in mentorship programs for students and faculty. She is the recipient of multiple collegiate and national recognitions.