School of Dentistry

Research and Research Training

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The OHSU School of Dentistry encourages and supports research concerning dental disease, clinical techniques, oral biology, and basic biomedical research. The basic science and clinical research faculty have their primary appointments, teaching commitments and laboratories at the school of Dentistry.

Research projects are funded by Federal grants (NIH, NSF, NASA) as well as a variety of corporate sponsors. More than twenty principal investigators and numerous technical staff pursue a wide variety of project listed below, ranging in scope from the basic mechanisms of diseases to evidenced-based dental treatment. For further information and opportunities for research contact the principal investigators or the Office of Research Affairs at the School of Dentistry.

OHSU SoD Dean's Seminar: The Human Oral Microbiome

Ann L. Griffen, D.D.S., M.S.

Ann L. Griffen, D.D.S., M.S.,
Professor, Pediatric Dentistry
The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

Monday, Nov. 4, 2019
RLSB 3003A/B

Dr. Griffen will present recent research findings from her laboratory on the patterns of acquisition of the human oral microbiome in infants and children, the degree to which our individual microbiomes are personalized, the role of genetics in the inheritance of oral microbes, and the patterns of bacterial strain variation in caries and health.

More information about Dr. Griffen and her work can be found here:

This seminar is recommended for SoD students, faculty, alumni, and general community members who wish to learn more about the oral microbiome and microbiology, particularly within the field of pediatric dentistry.

Box lunches are provided at 12:00pm.

OHSU School of Dentistry offers monthly lectures to share new and ongoing research with students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. The Dean's Research Seminars provide an opportunity to learn from and connect with distinguished speakers in the area of oral health research from respected institutions worldwide. Speakers are hosted by OHSU School of Dentistry faculty, and regularly offer Continuing Education (CE) credits for alumni and the greater dental community. On a quarterly basis, the School of Dentistry offers Faculty Research Seminars, wherein current OHSU SoD faculty share information and current research from their labs and specific areas of expertise. At the beginning of each school year, OHSU SoD research faculty also present a Meet the Mentor seminar, introducing students to research activities and opportunities throughout the school.

All Dean's and Faculty Seminar events are held on Mondays, 12-1:30pm, in RLSB 3A003A/B.

Box lunches are provided at 12:00pm for all attendees.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Dean's Seminar Series: "The Human Oral Microbiome"

Ann L. Griffen, D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, The Ohio State University

Dr. Griffen will present her research in the field of the human microbiome and microbial ecology of oral diseases, including periodontitis and dental caries.

Monday, November 25, 2019

OHSU Faculty Research Seminar: Community Dentistry

OHSU Community Dentistry researchers work with providers and patients throughout the state, studying ongoing issues in the field, including: teledentistry; nutrition; and opioid prescribing behaviors. Their work helps lead to increased access to dental care and improved oral health for underserved populations.

Faculty presenting research at this seminar include:

Mark Engelstad, D.D.S., M.D., M.H.I., Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Tobie Jones, D.M.D., Assistant Professor, OHSU Department of Restorative Dentistry

Eli Schwarz, K.O.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, OHSU Department of Community Dentistry

Monday, December 2, 2019

Dean's Seminar Series: "FATE: A Novel Exosome Mediated Approach for Tissue Engineering"

Praveen Gajendrareddy, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago.

The success of regenerative strategies is influenced by safe and reliable host stem cell differentiation. Current strategies for tissue regeneration have limitations and adverse effects. Dr. Gajendrareddy will discuss the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) derived exosomes in hard tissue regeneration. Additional biomimetic approaches for tissue engineering and bone regeneration using extracellular matrices (ECM) will also be discussed.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Dean's Seminar Series: Advances in Studying the Human Microbiome and Applications in Dental Research

Jeffrey S. McLean, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Dentistry; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology; University of Washington.

In order to ultimately understand the community metabolism of the oral microbiome and its relation to many human polymicrobial diseases, Dr. McLean's lab has applied deep sequencing of mRNA (Metatranscriptomics) in a model oral biofilm system. He will present the gene-level insights that were enabled using this unique in vitro biofilm model system, maintaining hundreds of bacterial species and an overall metabolic capacity approaching that of the human oral microbiome.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Dean's Seminar Series: Jeffrey W. Stansbury, Ph.D., Professor, University of Colorado

Dr. Stansbury is Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, and Director of the Biomaterials Research Center at the University of Colorado.

He will present on his research focus and activities involving designing, synthesizing, characterizing, and evaluating novel polymeric materials for a wide array of dental and biomedical applications.

Monday, February 24, 2020

OHSU Faculty Research Seminar: Restorative Dentistry - Biomaterials

OHSU School of Dentistry is internationally recognized for research in the field of Biomaterials and Biomechanics. This department covers many areas of biomedical engineering, including mechanics of polymers and polymer matrix composites, structure/property relationships in biomaterials, biomedical optics, finite element analysis, micromechanics, tribology, biomechanics of engineered tissues, electron microscopy, fracture mechanics, cardiovascular biomechanics, and image processing. Faculty presenting research at this seminar include:

Jack Ferracane, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Carmem Pfeifer, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry

Drs. Ferracane and Pfeifer have both recently received prestigious awards for their contributions to research in this field. Dr. Ferracane received the OHSU Business Partnership Award in 2019 for his five industry-funded research and development partnerships, more than any other independent investigator at OHSU. Dr. Pfeifer is one of two OHSU School of Dentistry faculty to have recently been awarded the NIH/NIDCR Sustaining Outstanding Achievement in Research (SOAR) Award, which will provide ongoing support for her project, "Novel polymeric materials with improved durability in the oral environment: tailoring responses to host and bacterial enzymes with anti-proteolytic and ecology-based antimicrobial approaches." 

Completed Seminars: 2019-2020

OHSU SoD Research Faculty presents: Meet the Mentor

OHSU School of Dentistry faculty and students from our various research domains present ongoing research and opportunities for students to get involved in the field.

Dean's Seminar Series, Toni Eigner-Barry Lecture: "Addressing Oral Health Inequalities in Alaska Native Children"

Donald L. Chi, D.D.S., Ph.D., Professor and Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health, School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington

Alaska Native communities have high levels of dental diseases, but interventions to date have overlooked dietary risk factors. Dr. Chi will describe a new NIH-funded community-based sociobehavioral intervention aimed at helping Alaska Native families and children reduce added sugar intake. Dr. Chi will share clinical experiences that helped to form the basis for the proposed public health intervention, the processes and challenges involved in assembling interdisciplinary research teams, progress to date, and next steps.

Office of Research

David B. Morton, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research

Research Administration

Stefani Sheldon, M.P.H.
Research and Finance Administrator
503 494-8774

Tarn Allen
Grants and Contracts Coordinator
503 494-0546