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Centers Institutes and Labs

We are focused mainly on developing how to augment current topical based strategies to reduce biofilm coverage or mitigate the effects of biofilms exposed to sucrose.  Our lab collaborates on several projects related to caries, biomaterials, and pediatric oral health.   

Collaborating with corporate, educational and governmental research programs, the HTRL studies bone implants, bone grafting materials and techniques and bone augmentation.

UMN researchers discovered a "molecular motor" and clues to the way viruses assemble and infect new cells.

Promoting virology education, translational applications and fundamental research at the University of Minnesota, the IMV is a multi-college institute with a particular focus on research and career development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

We developed a mechanical mouth (ART) capable of duplicating the effects of one year of chewing in a single day that is used to help develop and test dental materials. ART was displayed at the Smithsonian.

The MDRCBB is an interdisciplinary resource dedicated to furthering research and development in biomaterials, biomechanics, and nanotechnology. In collaboration with academic and industrial researchers, the MDRCBB provides specialized evaluative technologies for the assessment and characterization of new biomaterials. Experimental, simulation, and advanced imaging techniques are used to assess biomechanical performance. Areas of interest include the shape optimization of dental restorations, the surface modification of dental implants, and the development of improved methods for simulation, imaging, and evaluation.

The OHCRC supports research projects in oral surgery, dental materials, restorative procedures, facial pain, neuroscience, caries, periodontal diseases and oral medicine. Maintaining a fully equipped multipurpose research clinic, the center has cooperative ventures with other related centers, institutes, and universities throughout the U.S. and abroad.

UMBEL uses engineering resources to support clinical research in the School of Dentistry.