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School of Dentistry Research

The University of Utah School of Dentistry recognizes the vital role of research in the discovery, development, and eventual translation of new biomedical knowledge to identify and address oral health problems.

We are integrated with University of Utah Health and their outstanding tradition of biomedical research and translational philosophy.

Our research program is designed to foster collaborative efforts with investigators and clinicians to optimize unique resources and scientific expertise for both dentistry students and faculty.

Interdisciplinary Research

Few dental schools are located in a research-rich institution. To take advantage of these unique research opportunities, faculty members are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary scholarly activity with established institutional programs like the Utah Addiction Center.

Student Research

Dental students have the opportunity to work with established, funded researchers and to present their research at national and international conferences. Recent student research includes the following:

Cell-Sheet Technology Regenerates Mouse Salivary Gland Functional Markers - Ryan Davis

Comparing Cell Sheet Technology With Fibrin Hydrogels for Salivary Gland Regeneration - Nicholas Propp

5-Lipoxygenase Regulates SMG Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Expression in a Sex-Dependent Manner - Emily Thomas

AT-RvD1 Treatment Decreases Levels of Pathogenic Signaling Proteins in NOD/ShiLtJSS-like Mice - Daniel Atkinson

Resolvin Producing Enzyme Levels in NOD/ShiLtJSS-like Mice Treated With AT-RvD1 - Abrahama McKay

Developing Protocol for Placing Dental Sealants in Rural Haiti - Adam Hine

Effect of Light Curing Directionality on Resin Shrinkage - Jacob Beckstrand and Taylor Hoybjerg

An In Vitro Analysis of the Effects of Ceragenins on Tooth Discoloration - Cory McLeod and Bracken Bateman

Project Blackroom: Where Dental Anatomy Meets Virtual Reality - Timothy Bitner



University of Utah Intramural Grants (Infoready):
Research Development Office (grant listings and some grant submission assistance):

Utah Initiatives:

Utah Genome Project (call for pilot grants each fall): (current projects)
Triple I Initiative (call for seed grants each fall): 

Internal Review Board (IRB) Process:

New Investigator Toolkit: 
Human Subject Research Training: 


Funding for Students:

Find undergraduate volunteers through the office of undergraduate research: (List of current volunteer opportunities for reference)   

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP): for students to get paid for working in lab/clinic over the semesters ($12.50/hr with $1500 per semester, 2 semesters). 

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR):  Undergraduate summer program posted every fall for faculty to apply for funded position.  The university pays for a full-time undergraduate student for the following summer.

Small grants for Undergraduate Research Students (up to $200): 

Travel Grants for Undergraduate Research Students (up to $500):

A Competitive Mentored Research Program for Medical Students (Summer)

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