Although the School of Dental Medicine does not offer a Ph.D. in Craniofacial Biology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Boulder graduate students have an opportunity to be directly involved in oral health research by enrolling in one of the following Graduate Training Programs:
Students have the opportunity to elect and work with School of Dental Medicine research faculty who are members of these training programs. The Research Faculty all have joint appointments in the School of Medicine, and the Ph.D. degree will be awarded in the appropriate graduate training program.
The Department of Craniofacial Biology is developing a new Program in Oral and Craniofacial Biology Research that will interface with existent graduate training programs and will provide comprehensive training multiple aspects of oral and craniofacial biology research.
Postdoctoral trainees can apply directly to work with individual Research Faculty members.
Predoctoral graduate training on the Anschutz Medical Campus is guided by the rules and regulations of the Graduate School. Graduate students interested in obtaining training in oral health research in areas of oral and craniofacial biology must apply to one of the following programs and then choose to work with one of our faculty members. Students may enter through the Biomedical Sciences Training Program and then transfer to the program of choice after the first year of training. The programs offer training in diverse subject areas including apoptosis, breast cancer and mammary gland biology, cancer biology, cell biology, cell cycle/DNA replication/repair; developmental biology, gene expression, molecular basis of disease, neurobiology, signal transduction, salivary gland research and stem cell biology.
The following graduate training programs are available:
School of Dental Medicine Research Programs and Faculty:
- Cancer Biology: Steve Anderson, Lynn Heasley, Cheng-Jun Hu, Mary Reyland
- Cell and Developmental Biology: Kristin Artinger, Linda Barlow, David Clouthier, Tom Finger, Lee Niswander, Diego Restrepo, Mary Reyland, Trevor Williams, Katherine Fantauzzo, James Nichols
- Human Medical Genetics: Kristin Artinger, David Clouthier, Lee Niswander, Richard Spritz, Trevor Williams, Katherine Fantauzzo, James Nichols
- Molecular Biology: Steve Anderson, Lee Niswander, Mary Reyland, Trevor Williams, Katherine Fantauzzo, James Nichols
- Neuroscience: Kristin Artinger, Linda Barlow, Diego Restrepo, Tom Finger, Lee Niswander
- Pharmacology: Lynn Heasley, Andrew Thorburn
Graduate Training Program on University of Colorado Denver Downtown Campus in Boulder
Students interested in Biomaterials and/or Bioengineering may also choose to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering through the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Downtown Campus in Boulder. Applications should be directed to the Graduate School at UCD Downtown Campus in Boulder, Dean Susan K. Avery.
School of Dental Medicine Programs and Research Faculty:
The graduate program offers training in biotechnology and functional materials sciences, and strong focus on how fundamental science can be extended to engineering applications including drug design, tissue engineering, and regenerative biology.