USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC


Shaping the Future of Oral Health

Students conducting lab researchHome to major breakthroughs in craniofacial biology and clinical innovations that have shaped the profession, the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has defined what is taught, what is thought and what is practiced in the oral health professions for more than 100 years.

Today, Ostrow engages in cutting-edge research in areas as disparate as three-dimensional imaging, tooth morphogenesis, microbial pathogenesis, systems biology of craniofacial structures, and CMV-induced oral pathology. Scientists at the school are unraveling the mysteries of human genetics; decoding the chemical language of bacteria biofilms; revealing diagnostic biomarkers in human saliva, among other endeavors.

For more on Ostrow research, visit:

Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
Craniofacial Developmental Genetics
Section of Infection and Immunity

Ostrow is also home to the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Both of these top-ranked programs maintain robust research agendas.