Boyen Huang, DDS, MHA, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Dentistry

Boyen Huang

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-9438

DDS, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan), 1994

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy, Queen Mary University of London (UK), 2004

MHA, Master of Health Administration, Chang Gung University (Taiwan), 2000


Dr. Boyen Huang has been a faculty member of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry since 2020. Prior to this, he has held executive, research and teaching posts at Charles Sturt University, James Cook University, Kyoto University, and University of Western Australia. Dr. Huang has also served as an executive and councilor at the Division level of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) since 2006.

He has mentored early career academics and postdoctoral researchers and regularly supervised graduate and undergraduate research projects. He has also been invited to review oral health strategies for the state government and grant applications for various national, state and professional funding bodies. Further, he has led numerous collaborative projects of research, student mobility, faculty development, and resource integration and sharing, with colleagues and institutions around the world.

Awards & Recognition

  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Human Sciences, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Invited Visiting Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  • Japanese Association for Dental Research (JADR) Travel Award
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Washington
  • Fay Gale Fellowship, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • Australian and New Zealand Division IADR Colgate Competition, Senior Group, Second Prize


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Huang’s research career has focused on biological and sociobehavioral risk factors for oral conditions such as dental and craniofacial anomalies, and traumatic dental injuries, with recent interest in telehealth and non-nutritive sucking behavior. At the University of Minnesota, he is leading an international and interprofessional team on an mHealth research project to support the management of traumatic dental injuries.

Research interests

  • Teledentistry and mHealth
  • Access to dental services and public transportation
  • Non-nutritive sucking behavior
  • Social determinants of traumatic dental injuries
  • Formation of supernumerary teeth and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta (CEBPB)


Kennedy EN, White BA, Weintraub JA, Moss ME, Jordan S, Quick KK, Ticku S, Huang B, Douglass C. Collaborating and teaching a synchronous, multi-university, virtual course: health policy and access to dental care. Journal of Dental Education. 2021 May. Online ahead of print.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Mehdizadeh M, Vignarajan J, Norman R, Huang B, Spallek H, Irving M, Arora A, Kruger E, Tennant M. Mobile photographic screening for dental caries in children: diagnostic performance compared to unaided visual dental examination. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2021 Jan. Online ahead of print.

Tanny L, Huang B, Shaweesh A, Currie G. Characterisation of anterior open bite in primary school-aged children: a preliminary study with artificial neural network analysis. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2020 Nov. Online ahead of print.

Huang B, Zachar JJ. Social and behavioural determinants of areca nut consumption in adolescents. Oral Diseases. 2020 Nov;26(8): 1820-1826.

Schmidt J, Huang B. The acidity of non-alcoholic beverages in Australia: risk of dental erosion. International Journal of Scientific Study. 2020 May;8(2): 28-35.

Zachar JJ, Huang B, Yates E. Awareness and knowledge of oral cancer amongst adult dental patients attending regional university clinics in New South Wales, Australia: A questionnaire-based study. International Dental Journal. 2020 Apr;70(2): 93-99.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Mehdizadeh M, Vignarajan J, Norman R, Huang B, Spallek H, Irving M, Arora A, Kruger E, Tennant M. Teledentistry as a novel pathway to improve dental health in school children: a research protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMC Oral Health. 2020 Jan;20: 11.

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Mishima S, Murashima-Suginami A, Kakeno A, Yamazaki T, Asai K, Tokita Y, Uozumi R, Sugai M, Harada H, Huang B, MacDougall M, Bessho K. Third dentition is the main cause of premolar supernumerary tooth formation. Journal of Dental Research. 2019 Aug;98(9): 968-974.

Tanny L, Huang B, Naung Y, Currie G. Non-orthodontic intervention and non-nutritive sucking behaviours: a literature review. Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences. 2018 Apr;34(4): 215-222.

Saito K, Takahashi K, Huang B, Asahara M, Kiso H, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Mishima S, Nagata M, Iida M, Tokita Y, Asai M, Shimizu A, Komori T, Harada H, MacDougall M, Sugai M, Bessho K. Loss of stemness, EMT and supernumerary tooth formation in Cebpb-/-Runx2+/- murine incisors. Scientific Reports. 2018 Mar: 5169.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Huang B, Shiikha J, Kruger E, Bunt S, Tennant M. Comparison of a smartphone-based photographic method with face-to-face caries assessment: A mobile teledentistry model. Telemedicine and e-Health. 2017 May;23(5): 435-440.

Astill S, Ricketts N, Singh LA, Kurtz D, Gim YH, Huang B. Environmental and perceived stress in Australian dental undergraduates: preliminary outcomes. Journal of Dental Research, Dental Clinics, Dental Prospects. 2016 Dec;10(4): 270-279.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Huang B, Checker H, Steele L, Kruger E, Tennant M. The efficacy of remote screening for dental caries by mid-level dental providers using a mobile teledentistry model. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2016 Oct;44(5): 435-441.

Estai M, Kanagasingam Y, Xiao D, Vignarajan J, Huang B, Kruger E, Tennant M. A proof-of-concept evaluation of a cloud-based store-and-forward telemedicine app for screening for oral diseases. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2016 Sep;22(6): 319-325.

Hassan NMM, Dhillon A, Huang B. Cleidocranial dysplasia: Clinical overview and genetic considerations. Pediatric Dental Journal. 2016 Aug;26(2): 45-50.

Togo Y, Takahashi K, Saito K, Kiso H, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Yanagita M, Sugai M, Harada H, Komori T, Shimizu A, MacDougall M, Bessho K. Antagonistic functions of USAG-1 and RUNX2 during tooth development. PLOS ONE. 2016 Aug;11(8): e0161067.

Aminabadi NA, Huang B, Samiei M, Agheli S, Jamali Z, Shirazi S. A randomized trial using 3Mixtatin compared to MTA in primary molars with inflammatory root resorption: a novel endodontic biomaterial. Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. 2016 Spring;40(2): 95-102.

Takahashi K, Togo Y, Saito K, Kiso H, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Fujimura K, Bessho K. Two non-syndromic cases of multiple supernumerary teeth with different characteristics and a review of the literature. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology. 2016 May;28(3): 250-254.

Saito K, Takahashi K, Asahara M, Kiso H, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Sugai M, Shimizu A, Motokawa M, Slavkin HC, Bessho K. Effects of Usag-1and Bmp7 deficiencies on murine tooth morphogenesis. BMC Developmental Biology. 2016 May;16: 14.

Huang LYG, Huang B. The impact of global budget system on dynamics of dental manpower and utilization of dental services. Dental Research Journal. 2016 Mar-Apr;13(2): 132-138.

Huang B, Lejarraga C, Franco CS, Kang Y, Lee A, Abbott J, Takahashi K, Bessho K, Pumtang-on P. Influence of non-orthodontic intervention on digit sucking and consequent anterior open bite: a preliminary study. International Dental Journal. 2015 Oct;65(5): 235-241.

Wang MTA, Huang B, Chiu AHY, Lam WM, Takahashi K, Bessho K, Abbott PV. Discrepancy between chronological age and evaluated dental age using the Demirjian system in Western Australian children. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences. 2015 Oct;47(4): 469-474.

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Saito K, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Bessho K. Interactions between BMP-7 and USAG-1 (uterine sensitization-associated GENE-1) regulate formations of supernumerary maxillary incisors. International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 2015 Oct;44(S1): e294.

Huang B, Takahashi K, Goto T, Kiso H, Sugai M, Shimizu A, Kosugi S, Bessho K. ANKH polymorphisms and clicking of the temporomandibular joint in dental residents. Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery. 2015 Jun;14(2): 247-251.

Mahiepala NA, Phan VL, Kieu KD, Koppen JP, Hussain BH, Huang B. Influencing factors of paediatric dental anxiety levels in an undergraduate dental clinic. European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. 2015 Jun;16(2): 159-162.

Wang E, Thomas AM, Welten M, Tan LJ, Varma S, Tan I, Huang B. Aesthetic changes of restorative materials related to application of topical fluorides. Jökull Journal. 2015 Mar;65(3): 178-186.

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Kang Y, Saito K, Togo Y, Goto T, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Nakashima Y, Bessho K. Application of anti-BMP antibodies to immunohistochemical examination of fibrous dysplasia. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medicine and Pathology. 2015 Jan;27(1): 106-111.

Lin D, Huang B. Staining potential of APF foam on dental restorations in vitro. Journal of Conservative Dentistry. 2015 Jan;18(1): 30-33.

Wang E, Huang B. Discolouration of glass-ionomer cement at different fluoride concentration levels. Oral Health and Dental Management. 2014 Jun;13(2): 275-278.

Huang B, Takahashi K, Jennings EA, Pumtang-on P, Kiso H, Togo Y, Saito K, Sugai M, Akira S, Shimizu A, Bessho K. Prospective signs of cleidocranial dysplasia in Cebpb deficiency. Journal of Biomedical Science. 2014 May;21(1): 44.

Kiso H, Takahashi K, Saito K, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Sugai M, Shimizu A, Tabata Y, Economides A, Slavkin H, Bessho K. Interactions between BMP-7 and USAG-1 (uterine sensitization-associated gene-1) regulate supernumerary organ formations. PLOS ONE. 2014 May;9(5): e96938.

Takahashi K, Kiso H, Saito K, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Bessho K. Chapter 5: Feasibility of molecularly targeted therapy for tooth regeneration. In: New Trends in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine - Official Book of the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine. Rijeka: InTech; 2014. ISBN 978-953-51-1724-7.

Takahashi K, Kiso H, Saito K, Togo Y, Tsukamoto H, Huang B, Bessho K. Feasibility of gene therapy for tooth regeneration by stimulation of a third dentition. In: Gene Therapy - Tools and Potential Applications. Rijeka: InTech; 2013. ISBN 978-953-51-1014-9.

Togo Y, Takahashi K, Saito K, Kiso H, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Hyon SH, Bessho K. Aldehyded dextran and ε-poly(l-lysine) hydrogel as non-viral gene carrier. Stem Cells International. 2013 Jul;2013: 634379.

Huang B, Takahashi K, Yamazaki T, Saito K, Yamori M, Asai K, Yoshikawa Y, Kamioka H, Yamashiro T, Bessho K. Assessing anteroposterior basal bone discrepancy with the Dental Aesthetic Index. The Angle Orthodontist. 2013 May;83(3): 527-532.

Huang B, Takahashi K, Sakata-Goto T, Kiso H, Togo Y, Saito K, Tsukamoto H, Sugai M, Akira S, Shimizu A, Bessho K. Phenotypes of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein beta deficiency: hyperdontia and elongated coronoid process. Oral Diseases. 2013 Mar;19(2): 144-150.

Sakata-Goto T, Takahashi K, Kiso H, Huang B, Tsukamoto H, Takemoto M, Hayashi T, Sugai M, Nakamura T, Yokota Y, Shimizu A, Slavkin H, Bessho K. Id2 controls chondrogenesis acting downstream of BMP signaling during maxillary morphogenesis. Bone. 2012 Jan;50(1): 69-78.

Huang B, Takahashi K, Sakata T, Kiso H, Sugai M, Fujimura K, Shimizu A, Kosugi S, Sato T, Bessho K. Increased risk of temporomandibular joint closed lock: a case-control study of ANKH polymorphisms. PLOS ONE 2011 Oct;6(10): e25503.

Huang B, Inagaki K, Yoshii C, Kano M, Abbott PV, Noguchi T, Takahashi K, Bessho K. Social nicotine dependence in Australian dental undergraduate students. International Dental Journal. 2011 Jun;61(3): 152-156.

Rowland ML, Naidoo S, AbdulKadir R, Moraru R, Huang B, Pau A. Perceptions of intimidation and bullying in dental schools: a multi-national study. International Dental Journal. 2010 Apr;60(2): 106-112.

Huang B, Marcenes W, Croucher R, Hector M. Activities related to the occurrence of traumatic dental injuries in 15-to 18-year-olds. Dental Traumatology. 2009 Feb;25(1): 64-68.

Inagaki K, Hayashi J, Ting CC, Noguchi T, Senda A, Hanamura H, Morita I, Nakagaki H, Koide T, Shieh TY, Kurioka N, Endo A, Otani T, Amagai K, Hara M, Huang B, Yoshii C, Kano M. Dental undergraduates’ smoking status and social nicotine dependence in Japan and Taiwan - comparison between two dental schools. Japanese Journal of Tobacco Control. 2008 Oct;3(5): 81-85.

Pau A, Rowland ML, Naidoo S, Abdulkadir R, Makrynika E, Moraru R, Huang B, Croucher R. Emotional intelligence and perceived stress in dental undergraduates: a multinational survey. Journal of Dental Education. 2007 Feb;71(2): 197-204.


Academic Interests and Focus

Dr. Huang is experienced in and passionate for teaching dental public health, pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, dental therapy, and research methods in health sciences. He particularly values (1) the translation of research outcomes into teaching and service, in addition to (2) the nourishment of understanding, respect and critical thinking, and (3) buildups of research/professional capabilities for the future generation.


Course Director

DDS 6333 Understanding Health Systems


DDS 6341 Dental Public Health & Access to Oral Health