Transformation Through High-Impact Research

In our quest for uncompromising excellence, our investigators conduct innovative basic and translational science, clinical/health services research, and educational research to transform both clinical practice and dental education.

Research and scholarly pursuits are essential activities for all UCLA School of Dentistry faculty, student dentists, and residents because tremendous impact can have even bigger implications. We believe our continued engagement in research is paramount to achieving excellence in education and patient care.

Breakthroughs have the Power to Change the World

Sponsored research at the dental school has almost tripled since 1995. In large part, this increase reflects UCLA's internationally renowned research faculty and our strong focus on faculty-student research. Our investigators continue to be at the top of their game while focusing on Cancer Diagnostics & Therapeutics, Craniofacial Biology & Bioengineering, Infection & Inflammation, and Health Services & Clinical Research.


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With big opportunities, comes big responsibilities

Our vast academic programs provide a range of opportunities to integrate clinical training with basic or applied research, and multidisciplinary research is highly valued as well. UCLA Dentistry provides a research home for dental, undergraduate, and graduate students, with unique opportunities to participate in a wide range of important oral health research, while under the mentorship of some of the world’s most prolific oral health researchers.

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