PhD in Oral Biology
Cun-Yu Wang, PhD, DDS, Program Director
Wenyuan Shi, PhD, Doctoral Advisor
Sotirios Tetradis, DDS, PhD, Associate Doctoral Advisor
The Ph.D program aims to train highly qualified students to become leaders in academic dentistry. UCLA School of Dentistry is at the forefront of oral biology research such as head & neck cancer, oral microbiology/immunology, bone biology and bioengineering. The Ph.D program provides students the opportunity to learn and contribute to these cutting edge sciences. The Oral Biology Ph.D program is part of the UCLA ACCESS program which accepts pre-doctoral students to perform basic molecular and biological research. Oral Biology also offers the DDS/Ph.D dual degrees program, in conjunction with School of Dentistry.
Length of Program:
Number of Students Accepted Each Year:
The Oral Biology Ph.D. Program requires students to complete the courses in the Oral Biology Program Core, in addition to courses designed to build a solid foundation of research experience and laboratory expertise.
What to Expect
Oral Biology Ph.D students will do laboratory rotations and take academic courses in the first year. A research mentor will be chosen at the end of the first year. The students will be intensively involved in research in the next 3-4 years for their thesis dissertation. The students are expected to pass a written and oral exam in the end of the second year. A dissertation defense is required before graduation.
A 3.0 undergraduate GPA (or foreign equivalent) is required, as well as a solid baccalaureate foundation in life science study. A dental background is helpful but not required.
Fees and Expenses
For information about fees, expenses and other topics of interest, please refer to the Graduate Division website at http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/prospective.html. Financial support may be available from the program, although it is typically limited to tuition support only.
For the moment, the deadline is set at the end of December. The applicants should expect to hear the decision no later than March 31.
The factors considered by the Admissions Committee are
- Student academic performance such as GPA
- Previous research experience and publication
- GRE scores
- Reference letters
Oral Biology Division Administrator
Tel: (310) 825-1995
Fax: (310) 794-7109