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Student Research

Graduate Research Programs

The Ostrow School of Dentistry has long supported student participation in all phases of research. Formal Master’s and PhD degrees are available through the renown Craniofacial Biology (CBY) graduate program. Students in this program engage in outstanding research projects headed by world leaders in developmental biology, human genetics, stem cell and tissue engineering, oral cancer, nanotechnology, salivary biology, health promotion, biofilms, microbiology and immunology. The program has recently added options for studying clinical research methodology. CBY faculty perform cutting-edge scientific studies, using the state of the science research equipment and core facilities, including molecular imaging, proteomics, microscopy, and the transgenic mouse facility. The Ostrow School of Dentistry also hosts students enrolled in the USC interdisciplinary PhD training Programs in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (PIBBS).

The School’s M.S./D.D.S. dual degree program in gerontology and dentistry extends over five years and is offered cooperatively by the Ostrow School of Dentistry and the Davis School of Gerontology. The program addresses the challenges facing oral health care providers as the number of older persons needing dental care increases. With the evolution of care toward patients who live longer lives, graduating dentists will be better prepared to provide service to the aging population in community settings and health care facilities. See the Dentistry section for a listing of Ostrow School of Dentistry requirements for the D.D.S./M.S. dual degree program.

Student Research Group

Dental and dental hygiene students are encouraged to become actively engaged in research projects literally from the moment they are accepted into their respective programs. Working alongside leading researchers in their field of interest, students gain invaluable experience that not only expands their knowledge and develops their skills in the laboratory, but also enhances their dental education as well. The Student Research Group (SRG) at the Ostrow School of Dentistry is an organization committed to promoting cutting-edge research and cultivating interests in scientific inquiry. Consistent with the School’s learner-centered philosophy, SRG strives to help dental and dental hygiene students gain an appreciation and understanding of evidence-based dentistry established by systematic methods. Members present their research in the form of posters, abstracts and oral presentations in conferences across the country and internationally. Such meetings establish long lasting networks that advance their careers as experts and leading dentists.

The Explorer, Journal of USC Student Dental Research


The Explorer, 2013
The Explorer, 2012
The Explorer, 2011
The Explorer, 2010
The Explorer, 2009