Cancer Biology

The UCLA School of Dentistry conducts basic and applied research into the genesis, molecular mechanisms, prevention and treatment of cancer. School of Dentistry faculty, who are also affiliated with the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, conduct and collaborate with other campus units on studies related to the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer while public health clinical researchers study noninvasive means of diagnosis and treatment at UCLA. Molecular biology research focuses not only on oral cancer, but on oncogenesis and other cancer-related issues. Exciting research projects are currently underway to use saliva as a non-invasive approach to diagnose cancer. Gene therapy research and clinical trials are next steps to comprehensively study the impact of oral cancer on the public.

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