Research in the School of Dentistry: Faculty, clinic, and student involvement

Research notebookOur programs in basic sciences, clinical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences and public health help bring current research into our classrooms, clinics, and dental practices statewide. Six research clusters investigate everything from neuroscience to oral health disparities.

Oral Health Clinical Research Center (OHCRC)

The OHCRC supports research projects in oral surgery, dental materials, restorative procedures, facial pain, neuroscience, caries, periodontal diseases and oral medicine.


Minnesota Craniofacial Research Training (MinnCResT) Program

MinnCResT is a D.D.S./Ph.D. program training the next generation of independent investigators exploring questions in craniofacial, oral health and dental research.


Research Support

Resources for School of Dentistry researchers, including funding opportunities, statistical support, and process explanations.

Research Support

$549,370 Awarded, 15 proposals submitted, 8 awards granted, 6 unique sponsors, 10 of the proposals were new.

Student Research & Training Opportunities

Research programs and support for students from undergraduate to D.D.S./Ph.D. including summer fellowships.

Student research

Research ethics at the University of Minnesota

Research EthicsWe are committed to protecting research participants, upholding ethicial standards, and improving our practice at every step of our work

Research News

Pandemic-Driven Disruptions in Oral Health. 10 Transformative Trends in Care for Older Adults

The Gerontological Society of America has released a toolkit and publication on COVID-19 and oral health care for older adults featuring expertise from Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, professor and director of the oral health services for older adults program in the department of developmental and surgical sciences and dental faculty for the University of Minnesota’s HRSA-funded Minnesota Northstar Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program.

Beth Groenke, DDS, MS

A graduate student in the School of Dentistry’s Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain received the INfORM Samuel F Dworkin Predoctoral Award for her research into the use of MRIs in oral health diagnosis.

The International Association for Dental Research granted the award to Beth Groenke, DDS, MS, for a presentation given virtually to the International Network for Orofacial pain & Related disorders Methodology (INfORM) conference originally scheduled for 2020, but held virtually instead.

Inaugural Interprofessional Education Intern cohort

Two School of Dentistry students are members of the first Interprofessional Education Intern cohort through the Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Kaushik Mikherjee, MSc, PhD, DDS ’22, and Trang Nguyen, DDS, PhD, UMN PASS join thirteen other health sciences students as inaugural interns. The students seek to solve interprofessional problems together, gain skills in leadership and communication, gain knowledge across disciplines, and integrate research.