Research Opportunities Highlighted

Research Seminar

Dental students recently received an overview of research at OHSU School of Dentistry, as well as information on how to get involved in projects, at the first Dean’s Seminar Series Sept. 30.

“Science will change the face of dentistry over the next few decades,” said Dean Phillip Marucha, D.M.D., Ph.D. “Dentists will need a strong foundation in biomedicine, be able to assess patient outcomes in their practices using an evidence-based approach, and be savvy with technology.

“Having research experience will make all of you better clinicians.”

Dental students at the seminar heard from faculty members about a dozen ongoing projects at the school, with information on how they can get involved, everything from analysis of a cracked tooth detection device to collecting and compiling data for Google Glass informatics.

“I want to do research, and I’m particularly interested in re-growing teeth from cells,” said first-year dental student Roman Zakhariya.

“Fourth-year dental student Devin Wahlstrom said participating in research while a dental student has been “a lot of fun, and provided me a way to enhance my education.

“I have no regrets,” said Devin. “I want to go into oral and maxillofacial surgery, and I knew this was an opportune time to do research before I get into a residency. I’ve been able to present research nationally, at conferences in Atlanta and San Diego. I’m hoping to start a third research project before I finish school.”