Jeffrey Nickel DMD, MSc, PhD.

Jeffrey Nickel Associate Professor - Graduate Program Director


Jeff was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. His university degrees are from the University of Manitoba: DMD (1977-1981), MSc (1994-1987), PhD (1987-1992). Prior to his faculty appointment with OHSU, he was a faculty member at the University of Manitoba (1992-1996), University of Nebraska Medical Center (1996-2006), and University of Missouri Kansas City (2006-2018) where he was the DJ Thompson Associate Professor. He currently has a position as Associate Research Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences.



Dr. Nickel is the Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is also a member of several state and national professional and research organizations.

Jeff has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, with a focus on clinical studies which explore the combined effects of mechanics and behavior in the development of degenerative joint disease. He has published in the areas of numerical modeling of central nervous system organization of the masticatory muscle activation; in vivo and ex vivo biomechanics of cartilage; and the testing of mechanical and biological variables affecting rates of tooth movement in humans.