Research Opportunities

Research is an essential component supporting the education of dental and graduate students within the School of Dentistry and the university-at-large. Sponsored research has almost tripled since 1995, which is in large part due to UCLA’s internationally renowned faculty and our strong focus on faculty-student research. Our academic programs provide a range of opportunities to integrate clinical training with basic or applied research, and multidisciplinary research is highly valued. UCLA provides a research home for undergraduate, graduate, and dental students, with a unique opportunity to participate in significant oral health research.

T90/R90 Training Programs

This program is currently inactive. However, we have applied to extend this training program and, if granted, the program would restart in the summer of 2021. 

The T90/R90 research training program is an NIDCR-Institutional Training Program aimed to develop a Dental and Craniofacial Research Workforce at the UCLA School of Dentistry. The T90/R90 program is committed to supporting pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research training as a means to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to address the nation’s health related needs in dental, oral, and craniofacial research. This NIDCR program is designed in recognition of the need to develop a cadre of highly qualified independent scientists who can successfully address basic, behavioral, and clinical research questions to improve oral, dental, and craniofacial health. Trainees are required to pursue full-time research training.

The objective of the UCLA T90/R90 program is to provide training for basic, translational and clinical scientists to enable them to pursue careers in oral health research. The T90/R90 program focuses on the development of research-committed dentist-scientists and oral health-researchers for academic careers in the challenging NIH funding environment. In addition we have integrated a number of valuable and synergistic features towards fulfilling the goal of enhancing scientific transition of dentist-scientists and oral health-researchers to independent investigators. These include an integrative systemic and interlocked training program in oral, dental and craniofacial research and stellar mentorship of dentist-scientists and oral health-researchers.

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Dental Specialty and PhD Program

The UCLA School of Dentistry was awarded a K12 Institutional Career Development Program Award. The purpose of this program is to support institutional career development awards designed to prepare newly-trained clinicians who have made a commitment to independent research careers, and to facilitate their transition to more advanced support mechanisms.

Appointees are at the postdoctoral or residency level and are either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with research or clinical doctoral degree.

Bruins in Genomics: Dental, Oral & Craniofacial

UCLA has been awarded a grant of more than $1.6 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The five-year grant will enable UCLA to expand its Bruins-in-Genomics Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which brings undergraduates from across the country, including from historically Black colleges and universities, to UCLA to conduct research and learn the latest data analysis techniques and skills.

With the assistance of the grant, Bruins-in-Genomics has launched the Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Research Training Program, which will give 20 undergraduates the opportunity to work with a dozen faculty members in the UCLA School of Dentistry each summer.

Contact Us

Office of Research
Direct: (310) 206-8045
sperez@dentistry.ucla.edu