The department of oral biology in the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Dental Medicine has been awarded a $1.2 million National Institutes of Health training grant to fund oral health research by postdoctoral students and fellows.
The grant will provide training in areas of focus such as salivary gland physiology and oral infectious diseases from July 2013 through June 2018.
News of the award comes after the department won a highly competitive UB-wide competition for funding, enabling them to hire five new full-time, tenure-track faculty members. The new faculty will bolster the department's existing areas of strength in oral health and complex disease.
Currently, students complete 72 credit hours of instruction and dissertation research, much of which centers on cell biology and microbiology. However, exposing students to a broad view of oral health and craniofacial diseases helps them build a deeper understanding of their current projects and aids them in their future research pursuits, the university noted in a press release.