Section of Oral Biology

Contact Us

Matt Dingman, Division Admin. 
(310) 825-1955  |  Email

Dr. Igor Spigelman, Chair

The Section of Oral Biology provides scientific leadership in selected areas of oral health research including head and neck cancer, immunity, microbiology, pain and bioengineering research. The faculty members in this Section are responsible for both the scientific course work for pre-doctoral students and the graduate coursework for Masters and PhD degree students. Students and volunteers seeking research experience are also encouraged to contact individual professors regarding positions in their laboratories.

Teaching Programs

  • Pre-doctoral Program teaches some of the basic science portions 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.

  • MS Degree Program is offered to graduate dentists, dentists engaged in postgraduate specialty training, and other qualified individuals who have an interest in oral biology.

  • PhD Degree Program aims to train the future leaders in academic dentistry and dental research.

  • Combined DDS/PhD Program allows post-baccalaureate students to pursue DDS and PhD degrees jointly after having been admitted to both programs individually.

Research

The Section of Oral Biology provides scientific leadership in selected areas of oral health research including head and neck cancer, immunity, microbiology, pain and bioengineering research.

For more information about our research, please refer to the School's research section.

Section Full-time Faculty