Pre- and postdoctoral training positions have been established through a Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant supported by the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The primary objective of this training program is to provide an interdisciplinary research-intensive environment for individuals who wish to pursue careers in the oral sciences, with a focus in the area of restoration of oral-craniofacial tissues. All trainees are required to participate in the Core Training Requirements which include a course in tissue engineering, a monthly trainee dinner meeting, a tissue engineering and regeneration seminar series and a biennial retreat.
The Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Program realizes that, just as interdisciplinary training significantly enhances a student’s educational experience, diversity in interests and backgrounds of the members of the program provides an important enhancement to training. The maintenance of diversity in interests, backgrounds, culture and ethnicity of the members of the program provides a setting where students will likely work both with scientists representing a number of diverse disciplines and with colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.
Trainees must be US citizens or permanent residents.
PhD Program - Traditional PhD
Support for up to a 2-year period includes a stipend, tuition, health insurance and travel allowances to national scientific meetings. Participating programs: School of Dentistry Oral Health Sciences (OHS), College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering (BME), and Medical School Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS).
PhD program - DDS/PhD or MD/PhD
Support for up to a 5-year period includes a stipend, tuition, health insurance and travel allowances to national scientific meetings.
Post-Doctoral Fellow Program
Support for a 2-year period includes a stipend, health insurance and travel allowances to national scientific meetings. Post-doctoral Fellowship candidates are recruited by individual program mentors or can self-nominate by sending a CV, three letters of recommendation, a description of relevance of research goals to tissue engineering and regeneration, and a copy of their academic record to the Office of Research at the School of Dentistry. Any offer of training will be contingent on the applicant working in a laboratory of a training grant mentor.
Application Process for Participating University of Michigan Programs
The Training Grant is NOT a degree-granting program and relies on individual departments and units to recruit program candidates. Programs that nominate students are programs of the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. A list of these degree-granting PhD programs is provided below. Information on how to apply is available on the individual program websites.
School of Dentistry Oral Health Sciences Ph.D. Program (OHS): The doctor of philosophy degree in Oral Health Sciences is a program of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, offered through the School of Dentistry. The primary objective of this program is to train outstanding students to become leaders in academic research in oral health science. Major areas of study include: craniofacial development and anomalies; biomaterials and tissue engineering; oral infectious diseases and immunity; mineralized tissue and musculoskeletal disorders; oral facial sensory and motor function; tissue regeneration and wound repair; and oral and pharyngeal carcinogenesis.
College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering (BME): The Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Michigan is one of the finest graduate and undergraduate programs of its kind. The program benefits from its location in the midst of a world class Medical School, an outstanding College of Engineering and a strong Basic Sciences Program. It offers the most exciting interdisciplinary research environment and training in emerging areas that combine engineering with biomedical sciences. Research foci includes tissue engineering and programs which are highly complementary to tissue engineering efforts, e.g., imaging capability and microfabrication.
Medical School Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS): Graduate students entering the Program in Biomedical Science (PIBS) at the University of Michigan are offered flexibility in the choice of any of the participating Ph.D. programs, while retaining the small, focused environment of each of the individual training programs. Research activities of faculty are diverse and many have active research programs at the cellular and molecular level, which are focused on determining the key molecules regulating organ functions.