Our researchers fight dental diseases as infectious diseases, using cutting-edge molecular and bioengineering approaches. Supported by public, private, foundation, and corporate funding, research in areas of signal transduction, genomics and micro/nanotechnology is applied to oral health. Under patent protection we’re developing advanced micro-sensor technology for plaque analysis, as well as investigating Chinese medicinal herbs. Anti-microbial “smart bombs” for caries prevention may someday be applicable to infectious diseases. And our scientists are leading the way in saliva diagnostics, to help screen for oral and systemic diseases, and for early detection of cancers, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and other disorders.