Photo of Tara Aghaloo

Tara  Aghaloo D.D.S., M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • (310) 794-7070
53-009 CHS

UCLA School of Dentistry
10833 Le Conte Ave.
Box 951668
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668

  • CE Instructors
  • Full-Time Faculty
Academic Sections
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Anesthesiology

Dr. Tara Aghaloo is a Professor in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Division of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences at the UCLA School of Dentistry. 

Additional Information

Courses Taught:

  • DS463C, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Course Chair)
  • DS300.04, Resident Physical Diagnosis Course, Introduction to Hospital and Operating Room Protocol and the Pulmonary Exam (Lecturer)
  • OB403b, Introduction to Hospital Dentistry; Hospital/OR Protocol (Lecturer; Dr. Eric Sung, Course Director)
  • Resident hands-on teaching in Clinic and Operating Room procedures

Patient Care Activities:

Dr. Aghaloo treats patients in the Faculty Group Dental Practice.

Educational & Professional Background
  • DDS, University of Missouri, 1994
  • MD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998
  • Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2003
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles (Oral Biology), 2007
Research & Interests

Her research focuses on bone biology and regeneration strategies at the basic, translational, and clinical
levels, while maintaining an active clinical oral and maxillofacial surgery practice.
2004 - 2009 NIH K08 Clinical Scientist Development Award (DE015800)(PI)
"Prostanoid induction of egr1 in primary osteoblasts"
This grant examines the effect of prostanoids on egr1 and the effect on osteoblast differentiation and

Professional Memberships
  • Board member of the Academy of Osseointegration
  • Member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Committee for Research Planning and Technology Assessment
  • Past president of the OMS Section of the International Association for Dental Research
  • Associate editor of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants