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Oral Health Sciences PhD and Masters Program

The primary objective of these programs is to train outstanding students to become leaders in academic research in oral health science.

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Research Training

The School of Dentistry provides opportunities for students and volunteers to enrich their education through research.


SAVE THE DATE - February 15, 2024

An annual celebration of the cutting-edge research at the School of Dentistry, including a keynote, poster presentations, and awards.

Any questions regarding Research Day please contact the Office of Research:

Email: [email protected]


The Tissue Engineering and Regeneration (TEAM) is an interdisciplinary research-intensive training program for individuals who wish to pursue careers in the oral sciences with a focus in the area of restoration of oral-craniofacial tissues.


The Office of Research & Research Training coordinates the school-wide Oral Health Sciences Seminar Series. Students, faculty, postdocs and trainees are welcome to attend the seminars.

Programs that host seminars include:

  • TEAM - T32 Training Grant
  • OHS PhD Program
  • Human and Clinical Research Center at Dentistry (HCRC)
  • Office of Research
  • Victor's for Clinical and Research Faculty Development

Contact: Office of Research & Research Training [email protected] - 734-615-1970

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The School of Dentistry offers research training opportunites for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, visiting faculty, and volunteers.

Training Opportunites on campus

The Student Research Group

The Student Research Group is a local chapter of the American Association for Dental Research Student Group. This is a School of Dentistry student-run organization whose main purpose is to foster an environment where students interested in enriching their dental education through research are encouraged to do so. Current UM-Dent students, please contact the Office of Research for information at [email protected].

Volunteer Research Opportunities

Volunteer research opportunities are available within the laboratories at the School of Dentistry. Please visit Volunteer Research Opportunities for directions and information. Contact questions should email [email protected].

Oral Health Sciences PhD

The PhD Program in Oral Health Sciences trains outstanding students to become advanced research scientists in their field of interest within the oral sciences. This program provides students with an understanding of the functional, structural and molecular properties of the oral region. The training will prepare dentist scientists who will be strong candidates for faculty positions in dental schools at major research universities. The program includes basic, translational and clinical research approaches to important problems concerned with health maintenance or diseases of the oral facial region. Contact email for the OHS PhD Program is [email protected].

DDS/PhD in Oral Health Sciences

The DDS/OHS PhD Program will prepare outstanding scientists with research emphases in areas of oral health and disease, who also will have the finest clinical preparation. Such individuals will be among the leaders in modern academic dentistry. Students apply to and are admitted to both the DDS Program and the Oral Health Sciences PhD Program. The DDS/OHS PhD Program provides training in dentistry and research through a series of clinical and research experiences and course work.

Specialty MS Programs/PhD in Oral Health Sciences

Programs for exceptional students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in a clinical specialty and PhD in Oral Health Sciences are available on an individual basis, pending admission to both programs.

Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant

Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Positions have been established through this training grant supported by NIH, NIDCR. The primary objective is to provide an interdisciplinary research-intensive environment for individuals who wish to pursue careers in the oral sciences. This grant program, known as Tissue Engineering at Michigan (TEAM), is not a degree-granting program and relies on individual departments and units to recruit program candidates.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program creates research partnerships between first and second year undergraduate students and University of Michigan faculty.

Master of Science Clinical Researcher (MSCR)

The Master of Science in Clinical Research program, which is the first of its kind in the United States, gives students in medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy the option of various research experiences. The program implements novel, flexible institutional clinical research training and provides efficient entry of interested students into clinical research careers.

Medical Innovation Center (MIC)

The MIC Fellowship Program builds tomorrow's innovation leaders today. The MIC Fellowship is a multidisciplinary "team" training program for post-graduate professionals with medical, dental, doctorate, or master's degrees, who are committed to addressing real healthcare issues through innovation excellence. Innovation Fellows are expected to function as a cohesive team, blurring the boundaries of their respective disciplines, specialties, or subspecialties.

Training Opportunities on the NIH campus

NIH - Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institute of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD. The application cycle is October 1 - January 31.

NIDCR - Summer Research Fellowship Program

The NIDCR Summer Dental Student Award is designed to promote the professional careers of talented dental students through exposure to the latest advances in oral health research. Fellows are assigned to a mentor who conducts research in the area of interest. Students will gain hands-on experience in basic or clinical research. Participation may result in presentation of research findings at a scientific meeting and co-authorship of scientific publications. Program duration: summer (minimum of 8 weeks). Applications due January.

NIH-Summer Internship in Biomedical Research

The Summer Research Fellowship Program at the NIH provides an opportunity for medical and dental students to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Program duration: summer (minimum of 8 weeks). Application process opens mid-November.


WELCOME to Clinical Research at the School of Dentistry where we strive to serve the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, the profession, and the public in the translation of basic knowledge into new clinical therapies, while supporting the evaluation of existing therapies in order to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health.

For general research patient information, please email [email protected].

For patients interested in current studies, please visit the UM Health Research.

For SOD Researchers (Faculty, Students and Staff) in need of information and resources pertaining to clinical research, please visit MiTools Clinical Research. If you are looking for current studies then please visit MiTools Studies Seeking Subjects.

Did you know that the Human and Clinical Research Center has a practiced-based referral network? Practicing dentists can sign up to take part in this network. By joining this network you are helping further research and the dental profession. Once enrolled, you will receive quarterly emails that contain flyers for the various studies that are being conducted at the dental school. If you think you have any patients that may qualify you can simply hand them the flyer and they can contact the person on the flyer. It is important to note that any patients you refer for specific trials will be screened to see if they qualify, and, if they do, they will only receive treatment related to the study. We will work with your office to coordinate any other dental care they may need during the study period.


Clinical Research Contact Information

Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
734-647-4023 | [email protected]

Clinical Res Project Manager Hlth
734-763-8690 | [email protected]


The Contracts and Grants Service Center performs all of the pre- and post-award administration for the School of Dentistry.

It is responsible for the review of all proposals with external and internal funding/provider sources. The Service Center reviews and receives any proposals that involve School of Dentistry faculty or space for compliance review with School, University and Sponsor guidelines -- whether primarily held in the School or outside campus units. The Dean of the School of Dentistry, or designee, is the signature authority for the School.


Research Admin Supervisor
Jennifer Linzmeier 764-2210 [email protected]
Research Process Coordinators
Todd Brown 764-5525 [email protected]
Jennifer Linzmeier 764-2210 [email protected]
Mary Roosen 764-4086 [email protected]
Emily Tefft 647-4883 [email protected]
Veronica Dunivant 763-3389 [email protected]
Erin Semmens 764-7892 [email protected]

If you currently do not have an assigned Contracts and Grants Office coordinator, please contact the Research Process Manager or [email protected].

The Contracts and Grants Office is located in room 2059 in the School of Dentistry Building.


We aim to respond to most queries within one business day. If your coordinator is away from the office, please contact [email protected] or [email protected].


The Dean's Office offers Bridging grants for full-time, on-campus tenure track faculty members with primary appointments in the School of Dentistry. For more details regarding submission and proposal requirements, please click on the link below.



Please let your C and G Coordinator know as soon as possible if you are planning on submitting a proposal. The more lead time you provide, the better the final proposal will be.

  • 2021 NIH Timelines
  • External to UM Proposal Timeline
  • Internal to UM Proposal Timeline:

    The C&G Office recommends the following timeline for internal proposals being submitted to internal-to-UM funding sources:

    • At least 10 business days from proposal deadline – Inform the C&G Office of your intent to submit.
    • 7 business days from proposal deadline – draft proposal documents are due. This should at least include a draft budget, budget justification and abstract. All documents that require school signature from department chairs, the dean or other PIs should be ready for signature routing.
    • 3 business days – final proposal is due to C&G office for review and submission.
  • Budgeting Considerations
  • Typical Proposal Contents
  • Should PIs sign agreements?

    Please do not sign any contracts or award agreements from sponsors. Awards are typically awarded to the University of Michigan and not to the PI. As such, PIs do not have signature authority on behalf of UM. Please consult with your C&G coordinator before signing any contracts, agreements or legal documents. This also applies to agreements that do not involve funds such as material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreements or data use agreements.



Most labs and departments have set up their own procurement systems. However, if you need assistance with ordering please contact your C&G coordinator or the School’s procurement staff at [email protected] or [email protected].


Your C&G coordinator sends out monthly financial reports via email that provide a snapshot of the financial status of your projects. Please take the time to review these reports as they will also contain some notes for your review as well as action items for your attention. These reports are typically distributed to faculty every month. Note that C&G only manages your sponsored research funds. Please contact your department administrators if you have questions about your discretionary or other School of Dentistry accounts and shortcodes.


Your C&G coordinator can assist you with completing your required NIH RPPRs. If you haven’t already, please give your coordinator delegate access via the eRA Commons. For steps on how to do this, please visit Delegate Access.


Purchasing equipment will typically require a completed Sole Source Form.


Many, if not all, requested changes to a project such as a no-cost extension or approval for purchasing general use supplies requires a post-award change approval. Such requests will typically require chair and/or dean-level approval. For a summary of the required approvals for most post-award changes, see Post Award Change Request Form.

Your C&G coordinator can assist you with preparing and routing the post-award change form for approval and signatures.


Responsible conduct of research is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. The RCRS Series is designed to help trainees identify, address and resolve issues as they arise in the lab, classroom or professional environments.

For more information and registration for the 2023-2024 academic year, click the button below.



The Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine (MPWRM) Resource Center is one of the two national Resource Centers established through the Dental Oral Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration Consortium (DOCTRC) initiative at National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to accelerate the clinical translation of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine- based therapies in the dental, oral, and craniofacial space.

The Resource Center brings together a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, engineers, scientists, and technology commercialization and regulatory experts from academia and industry to support the regenerative medicine research community by providing resources and expertise to guide innovations that address an unmet clinical need for the regeneration or restoration of dental, oral, and craniofacial tissues. It is a collaborative effort amongst the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, and is led by Dr. David Kohn and Dr. William Giannobile at the U-M School of Dentistry.



Associate Dean for Research
Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Dentistry, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences and Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry
734-615-1970 | [email protected]
Director of Research Administration
Research Process Manager
734-764-4726 | [email protected]
Director of the OHS/PhD Program
William R Mann Professor of Dentistry and Professor of Dentistry, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences, School of Dentistry,
Director of the OHS/PhD program
734-763-5579 | [email protected]
Academic Program Specialist - OHS Master's Program
Program Coordinator
734-647-4595 | [email protected]
Administrative Assistant Inter.
Administrative Assistant Senior
734-615-1970 | [email protected]
Regulatory and Compliance
Research Laboratory Specialist Lead
734-615-4833 | [email protected]
OHS Ph.D. Program Coordinator
OHS Ph.D. Program Coordinator
734-763-7855 | [email protected]