Molecular Microbiology

Researchers at the School of Dentistry fight dental diseases as infectious diseases. Collaborative teams use cutting-edge molecular and bioengineering approaches to oral health and disease. Supported by public, private, foundation, and corporate funding, research in the areas of signal transduction, genomics and micro/nanotechnology is applied to oral health. Under ongoing patent protection we are developing advanced micro-sensor technology for plaque analysis (the “electronic tooth”) in conjunction with biomaterials and bioengineers at JPL and other researchers. In contrast, the active components and mechanisms of action of Chinese medicinal herbs are also being investigated. Development of anti-microbial “smart bombs” for caries prevention may someday be applicable to infectious diseases in general.

UCLA School of Dentistry faculty members who contribute to this "center of excellence" include: