Takahiro Ogawa, D.D.S., Ph.D.
(310) 825-0727
UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668
Office:  B3-088H CHS


Research lab website

Dr. Takahiro Ogawa is widely recognized as a pioneer in photoenergy-mediated activation of implant materials, known as photofunctionalization of implants. Dr. Ogawa is a Professor in Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, UCLA School of Dentistry and a director of Laboratory of Bone and Implant Sciences (LBIS) at Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology. Dr. Ogawa has published more than 130 papers in peer reviewed journals with a total impact factor of approximately 400. He owns more than 10 patents in the field of implant and regenerative therapy. Dr Ogawa is a recipient of IADR/AADR William J. Gies Award, American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) Clinician/Researcher Award, and Academy of Osseointegration (AO) William R. Laney Award. Dr Ogawa and the researchers and students in his lab received more than 40 awards from national and international scientific societies. Photofunctionalization of implants is expected to have significant scientific and therapeutic impact on implant treatment in dental and orthopedic fields.

Educational & Professional Background

  • D.D.S., Kyushu University, School of Dentistry, 1990

  • Ph.D., Kyushu University Graduate School, Division of Dental Science, 1994

  • Postdoc., Jane & Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA School of Dentistry, 2001

  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics Specialty, UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics Internship Program, 2004

Research & Interests

Dr. Ogawa has been dedicated in a wide range of research in biomaterial science and bone biology, including the genetic characterization at bone-titanium interface, titanium implant surface science and technology, nano-designing of biomaterials, detoxification and activation of oxidant-generating materials, and an exploration of osteogenic enhancing molecules. Particularly, his recent discoveries of photofunctionalization of implants leading to a new level of peri-implant osteogenesis defined as super-osseointegration as well as the biological aging of titanium are expected to have significant scientific and therapeutic impacts on dental and orthopedic implant fields of tomorrow. To read more about the Ogawa lab.

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Prosthodontists (Research Committee)

  • Academy of Osseointegration

  • Academy of Advanced Applied Sciences in Oral Medicine (AAASOM) (Founder and President)

  • International Association for Dental Research (IADR) (Immediate Past President, Prosthodontic Group)

  • International College of Prosthodontics

  • Japan Prosthodontic Society

  • Japanese Society for Temporomandibular Joint (board certified doctor in temporomandibular join disorders)

  • Japanese Society of Oral Implantology


  • IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implants

  • IADR William J. Gies Award

  • Academy of Osseointegration William R. Laney Award

  • American College of Prosthodontics Clinician/Researcher Award

  • ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists) Ralph V. McKinney, Jr Award

Representative Publications

  • Saruwatari L, Aita H, Butz F, Nakamura H, Ouyang, Yang Y, Chiou W-A, Ogawa T. Osteoblasts generate harder, stiffer and more delamination-resistant mineralized tissue on titanium than on polystyrene, associated with distinct tissue micro- and ultra-structure. J Bone Miner Res 20:2002-2016, 2005.

  • Aita H, Hori N, Takeuchi M, Suzuki T, Yamada M, M, Anpo, Ogawa T. The effect of ultraviolet functionalization of titanium on integration with bone. Biomaterials, 30:1015-1025, 2009

  • Att W, Hori N, Takeuchi M, Ouyang J, Yang Y, Anpo M, Ogawa T. Time-dependent degradation of titanium osteoconductivity: An implication of biological aging of implant materials. Biomaterials. 30: 5352–5363, 2009.

  • Kubo K, Tsukimura N, Iwasa F, Ueno T, Saruwatari L, Aita H, Chiou WA, Ogawa T. Cellular behavior on TiO2 nanonodular structures in a micro-to-nanoscale hierarchy model. Biomaterials, 30: 5319–5329, 2009.

  • Att W, Ogawa T. Biological aging of implant surfaces and its restoration using UV light treatment: A novel and breakthrough understanding of osseointegration. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2012;27:753–761

Additional Information

Courses Taught
  • Course Co-Chair RFE303 Removable Partial Denture I

  • Course Co-Chair RFE305 Removable Partial Denture II

  • Course Co-Chair RFE306 Immediate Denture

  • Removable Consults Instructor

  • Removable Clinic Instructor

  • Lectures in Advance Implant Dentistry

  • Journal club facilitator in Graduate Prosthodontic Program

Patient Care Activities
  • UCLA Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic