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Oral and Craniofacial Biology Research Program

Providing new knowledge for the dental industry

The Department of Craniofacial Biology is in the process of developing its own program in Oral and Craniofacial Biology Research (POCBR). The goal of the program is to help develop quality students into highly skilled, interactive scientists and teachers who can successfully address the expanding oral health research needs in dental, oral and craniofacial biology. Students are trained to approach research in a responsible, professional manner by being provided a firm foundation in basic science knowledge with the emphasis on how to critically evaluate and synthesize primary research literature. The current basic science Ph.D. degree granting programs that participate in the POCBR have a documented record of success given this philosophic approach to graduate education.

The Research Training Faculty members are active principal investigators on major NIH or equivalent peer-reviewed grants with stable patterns of funding. They have major research interests in areas of oral, dental and craniofacial research, and appointments in the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Anschutz Medical Campus or UCD Downtown Campus graduate schools in Boulder.

Graduate students are expected to fulfill the specific academic requirements at the UCD Anschutz Medical Campus or UCD Downtown Campus graduate schools in Boulder, successfully complete required and approved elective courses; participate in laboratory rotations, seminar series and journal clubs, and demonstrate independence, responsible conduct, and critical thinking. Their Ph.D. thesis reflect completion of a body of research that constitutes a significant contribution of new knowledge to the field of oral and craniofacial biology.

Postdoctoral trainees who are interested in further training in Oral and Craniofacial Biology may apply directly to participating faculty members.

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