Shane White, B.Dent.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.
(310) 206-3644
(310) 794 4900
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  23-010 CHS


Shane N. White, B.Dent.Sc., M.A., M.S., Ph.D., is a Professor in the Section of Endodontics in the Constitutive & Regenerative Sciences. Dr White has specialty training in both prosthodontics and endodontics. His research focuses on dental biological materials, primarily on tooth enamel itself -- a remarkable bioceramic. His creative activities broadly span basic science, clinical outcomes and teaching approaches. He has served as Chair of the Section of Endodontics. Currently, he serves as a member of the Executive Board of the UCLA Faculty Senate. He is the incoming chair of the UC system-wide University Committee on Faculty Welfare. He is also a faculty member of the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry and of the Center for Craniofacial and Molecular Biology at the USC School of Dentistry. Dr. White's professional background includes several year spent in private dental practice and in part-time teaching in Dublin, Ireland.

Educational & Professional Background

  • B.A., Trinity College, Dublin University, 1985

  • B.Dent.Sc., Trinity College, Dublin University, 1985 

  • M.A. ,Trinity College, Dublin University, 1990

  • Certificate in Postdoctoral Prosthodontics, UCLA, 1990

  • M.S. in Oral Biology, UCLA, 1990

  • Certificate in Postdoctoral Endodontics, UCLA, 1999

  • Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology, University of Southern California, 1999

Research & Interests

Dr. White's current research interests include dental biomaterials and genetic-structural relationships in enamel and dentin. He has won several major awards for his research. He has held several National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDCR) grants as principal investigator. Dr. White has authored approximately 100 research papers and many more abstracts.

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Dental Materials

  • Academy of Prosthodontics (Fellow)

  • American Association of Endodontists

  • American Ceramic Society

  • American College of Prosthodontists

  • American Prosthodontic Society

  • Dental Materials Group/Group Chapter IADR

  • International Association of Dental Research

  • Mineralized Tissue Group/Chapter IADR

  • OKU Dental Honor Society

  • Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists (Fellow)

  • Pierre Fauchard Academy

  • Prosthodontic Group/Chapter IADR

  • Pulp Biology Group/Chapter IADR


2000      Fellowship, Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics
1998       Elected to the Pierre Fauchard Academy
1995       Fellow, Academy of Prosthodontics
1994       Elected to OKU Dental Honor Society
1994       Zumberge Research Fellowship, University of Southern California
1993       Charles L. Pincus Research Award, AAED
1990       Stanley D. Tylman Research Prize, AAFP
1990       IADR, Prosthodontic Group New Investigator Prize
1988       The American Dental Society of Europe, Postgraduate Scholarship
1985       Trinity College, Dublin University, II Honors in Adult Dental Health
1984       Georgetown University, International Exchange Program

Additional Information

Teaching Activities

Dr. White chairs a variety of endodontic courses for D.D.S. students and endodontic residents. He also contributes to many other courses in such areas as esthetic dentistry, oral biology, biomaterials as well as to continuing education courses. He has mentored many award-winning student researchers. In addition, he has given approximately 300 invited scholarly lectures around the world.

Patient Care

Dr. White supervises patient care provided by D.D.S. students and endodontic residency students in both Westwood and Venice.

Editorial & Review Activities

Dr. White serves more than 30 journals and scientific organizations.