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Dental Medicine Research

It is exciting when ideas that are hatched in the lab turn into products or when a clinical trial provides the possibility of improved chemotherapy. Researchers at the CU School of Dental Medicine experience these rewarding moments as they advance the field of dentistry through basic, translational and clinical science research.

The CU School of Dental Medicine's collaborative research programs are at the forefront of science and attract significant National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funding. In 2019, University of Colorado ranked 7th among publicly funded dental schools from the NIDCR. Research is a vital component of the school's mission, elevating the institution's reputation and ability to advance evidence-based clinical care. ​


Student Research

Dental and graduate student research is an integral component to the school's research portfolio. From national fellowships and presentations, to awards and recognition, CU's dental students are expanding their knowledge of evidence-based dentistry in the lab and clinic.

Research Expertise

Current research activities are focused on basic science and applied areas related to dental science, oral health and disease, and craniofacial biology.  Faculty research expertise includes:

  • Biomaterials/Bioengineering
  • Cancer biology
  • Craniofacial developmental/molecular biology
  • Salivary gland biology

Research Collaborations

The Anschutz Medical Campus was designed to facilitate research collaborations. Many dental faculty are also members of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and maintain joint appointments in several School of Medicine departments including: 

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