Welcome to the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Jan Hu, BDS, PhD
Professor and Chair, Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics


The Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics (BMSP), has the mission of contributing to the basic science curriculum of the School of Dentistry as well as preparing students to be competent in the clinical specialty of prosthodontics. The department's research programs contribute new basic knowledge to the biology of the orofacial region with the goal of providing insight into the mechanisms of oral diseases. Faculty in the department generate and disseminate new knowledge and original concepts in oral biology through creative research and scholarship. The department's service component draws upon the unique expertise of the faculty to serve as advisors at the international, national, university, and the School of Dentistry levels.


Biologic and Materials Sciences has an exciting and vigorous research program in several areas related to Oral Biology. Oral Biology is a multi-disciplinary science concerned with the structures and functions of tissues, fluids, and microbial flora in the oral cavity and adjoining areas. Our faculty members are engaged in innovative basic science research to understand the principles and molecular mechanisms that guide normal development, the pathogenesis of oral disease and the development of novel therapeutic approaches. Our areas of emphasis include: cancer biology, materials sciences, microbiology and immunology, neurobiology, and tissue engineering.


Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the replacement and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth. Its major components are complete denture, removable partial denture, fixed partial denture prosthodontics, and dental implants. Our faculty are fully committed to excellence in teaching and provide expert clinical care. Prosthodontic appointments can be made through the Dental Faculty Associates Clinic or the Graduate Prosthodontics Clinic.

Learn about the Awards & Scholarships offered by the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics.