WENYUAN SHI, PHD
SECTION CHAIR, ORAL BIOLOGY
Welcome to the Section of Oral Biology in the Division of Oral Biology & Medicine at the UCLA School of Dentistry. The faculty members in this section are responsible for both the pre-clinical scientific course work for some of the pre-doctoral students and the graduate coursework for the oral biology masters and doctoral students. Of particular importance is that the Section of Oral Biology provides scientific leadership in selected areas of oral health research including head and neck cancer, immunity, microbiology and pain research.
Students and volunteers seeking research experience are encouraged to contact individual professors regarding positions in their laboratories.
Section faculty participate in numerous educational programs.
The Section of Oral Biology is responsible for some of the basic science portion of the School of Dentistry’s curriculum. The faculty in this section teach a broad array of subjects, including biostatistics, immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, pain, and pharmacology, as well as provide individual support and mentorship for dental students seeking to do research in the different fields of dentistry.
The M.S. degree is offered to graduate dentists, dentists engaged in postgraduate specialty training and other qualified individuals who have an interest in oral biology. A total of 36 units is required, 28 units are oral biology core courses and eight units are research-related course electives that are at the graduate level. Those electives that are not oral biology courses must be agreed upon by the student’s mentor and the master’s degree advisor.
For more information about the proram, click here.
Current dental students, graduate dentists and dentists engaged in postgraduate specialty training and students with B.S. or M.S. degrees who are interested in advanced oral biology research may choose to apply for the Oral Biology Ph.D. Program. The aim of program is to train the future leaders in academic dentistry and dental research. Ph.D students must take the required core courses and elective courses in the first and second year of study. They must pass the oral qualifying exam by the end of second year to advance to candidacy for the doctoral degree. Most importantly, Ph.D students are required to perform high-quality original research projects, analyze their research and write and defend their dissertation before graduating. Depending on research progress, it usually takes 4-6 years to complete the Ph.D degree.
Combined D.D.S./Ph.D. Program
This program at UCLA allows post-baccalaureate students to pursue D.D.S. and Ph.D. degrees jointly after having been admitted to both programs individually. D.D.S.-Ph.D. students are required to take the core courses and elective courses of the oral biology graduate curriculum as well as the courses required in the D.D.S. curriculum for the first three years. In years 4-7, students will devote 25% time to finish the D.D.S. degree and 75% time to complete their Ph.D. dissertation. It may take longer than 7 years to finish both D.D.S. and Ph.D. degrees depending on research progress.
The Section of Oral Biology provides scientific leadership in selected areas of oral health research including head and neck cancer, immunity, microbiology and pain research.
For more information about our research, please refer to the School's research pages.