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Graduate: Oral Biology and Pathology

  • Program Overview

    Department of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    The Graduate Program in Oral Biology and Pathology, within the Health Sciences Center, offers a program of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The M.S. curriculum is of approximately two years’ duration and is particularly suited for those graduates interested in pursuing careers in the dental field as well as dental graduates who wish to obtain further basic science training before entering or while obtaining a clinical specialty. The Graduate Program in Oral Biology and Pathology is also of particular interest to industrial-based scientists seeking additional training and advanced degrees. While the Department is interested in all aspects of oral biology, active programs of research presently being conducted include the following: development, metabolism, and control of the oral microflora on the teeth and various epithelial surfaces; oral putrefaction, malodor, and gingivitis; pathogenesis of periodontitis; interrelationship between systemic and oral diseases; mechanisms and therapy of dentinal hypersensitivity; ultrastructure and metabolism of healthy and diseased periodontal tissues with an emphasis on remodeling and matrix metalloproteinases; chemistry and crystallography of the biological calcium phosphates; biology of epithelial growth and differentiation; epithelial gene therapy; mechanisms of epidermal and oral carcinogenesis; wound repair; biology of skin and mucosal grafting; acquired and innate immunity; inflammation and fibrosis, and cancer. Further details may be obtained from the graduate program director.

  • Admissions

    Admission requirements of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    In addition to the minimum Graduate School requirements, the following are required:

    A. A bachelor’s degree and grade point average of 3.3 in the sciences and 3.0 overall

    B Original transcripts with three letters of recommendation

    C. Proof of satisfactory performance on the General Aptitude and Advanced parts of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    All applicants are carefully screened by the credentials committee of the department. Interviews and discussions are arranged with faculty members and graduate students where possible. Formal approval for acceptance into the program is given by the Graduate School.

  • Degree Requirements

    Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Oral Biology and Pathology

    In addition to the minimum degree requirements of the Graduate School:

    A. All students must complete all or part of the Oral Biology and Pathology Oral Systems course.

    B. M.S. students must complete two graduate courses selected from offerings within and outside the Department.

    C. Ph.D. students are generally required to complete four to six course offerings at the graduate level and advance to candidacy by preparing a detailed written proposal in the format of a National Institutes of Health research grant application. A public seminar is presented by the student to members of his or her advisory committee, the department, and the University community at large, in which the student defends the proposal. This is followed by a further defense by the student before his or her advisory committee. A determination for advancement to candidacy is then made based on the defense of both the oral presentation and written proposal and forwarded to the Graduate School for official approval.

    D. An original research thesis/dissertation is required for completion of the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, respectively. For the Ph.D., a public defense followed by an examination of the student’s dissertation by the Dissertation Committee is required. For the M.S. degree, after a public presentation, the student defends the thesis to the student’s thesis committee. If the thesis/dissertation is recommended for approval, the determination is submitted to the Graduate School for final decisions to award the degree.

    Requirements for the MS Degree in Biomedical Science (Oral Biology and Pathology track)

    Completion of this track will require 30 credits from the approved PhD curriculum in Oral Biology and Pathology and a thesis.

  • Facilities

    Facilities of Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    The Department currently occupies 18,000 square feet of space in Dutchess and Westchester Halls comprised of offices, research laboratories, special facilities and rooms with special equipment. These include:

    • extensive tissue culture facilities especially for growth of keratinocytes, fibroblasts and other cell types.
    • The Living Skin Bank, which can produce clinical grade cell therapies is housed in the Department of Oral Biology and Pathology under the scientific direction of Dr. Marcia Simon.
    • gene transfer facility to provide high titer retroviral and lentiviral vectors for stem cell transduction in addition too directing the University  Stem Cell Gene Transfer and Viral Vector Core (SCGTC)
    • isotope counters
    • preparative ultra and analytical centrifuges
    • atomic absorption; amino acid analyzer
    • halimeter and oral malodor diagnostic accessories.
    • gas and high-pressure liquid chromatography systems
    • high-voltage, and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis systems
    • fluorescence densitometer and microdensitometer ; ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometers
    • fluorescence microscopes and other microscopes of various types
    • automated micro-hardness tester
    • specialized anaerobic bacteriology facility; automated colony counters
    • electronic, mechanical and wood shop facilities

    In addition, Stony Brook University Supports a number of Research Core Facilities, which are coordinated under the  Office of Scientific Affairs. The goal of these facilities is to provide commonly used technologies to the campus, and thus facilitate the research processes.

    The  university libraries  maintain 1.7 million bound volumes and 3 million publications in microformat, and subscribe to approximately 13,300 periodicals and serial titles. Excellent collections are available in the biology and chemistry libraries. The  Health Sciences Library  contains more than 250,000 volumes and subscribes to 4,300 periodical and serial titles. Almost all of the dental research journals are included in this collection.

  • Faculty
  • Contact

    Oral Biology and Pathology Department

    Acting Chairperson
    Lucille  London, Westchester Hall (631) 632-8615


    Graduate Program Directors

    Stephen Walker, Dutchess Hall 205 (631) 632-8916

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Marguerite Baldwin, 185 Westchester Hall (631) 632-9189

    Degrees Awarded
    M.S. in Biomedical Science (Oral Biology and Pathology track)

    Ph.D. in Oral Biology and Pathology

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