PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Upon matriculation, students in the biomedical sciences graduate program must take the First Year Core Curriculum that lays the foundation for subsequent coursework and research training in a specific PhD program. The components of the 3-semester curriculum are described below. The College of Graduate Studies requires all students to demonstrate proficiency in statistical methods, either by enrolling in Applied Biostatistics and Experimental Design (BMTRY 723) or via a previous graduate level course in biostatistics. After the First Year Core Curriculum (FYCC), T-COHR trainees are required to take 2 craniofacial biology courses: Cell and Molecular Biology of Mineralized Tissues and Advanced Oral Microbiology and Immunology (3 credits each). Subsequently, they must take a minimum of 2 additional electives of upper level graduate courses (3 credits each). T-COHR trainees are required to submit individual NRSA F31 applications as soon as they are ready, generally during their 3rd year of study.
Keith L. Kirkwood, DDS, PhD - Division Co-director
Caroline Westwater, PhD - Division Co-director
Areas of Research Interest
- Mineralized Tissue Biology
- Craniofacial Development and Anomalies
- Tissue Engineering and Regeneration
- Biomaterial Sciences
- Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer
- Oral Infectious Diseases and Immunity
The Craniofacial Biology Division is a diverse and multidisciplinary program created to foster the development of graduate students interested in dental-related sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. The goal of this program is to train outstanding students to become advanced research scientists and the next generation of leaders in oral health-related research. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students will obtain a thorough understanding of the expanding research needs in craniofacial biology. The program offers an interactive research experience with the necessary foundation for advancing basic, clinical, and translational research.
The Craniofacial Biology Program is composed of basic science and clinical faculty with research interests and expertise in dental, oral and craniofacial health and disease. Research opportunities are numerous and include studies examining bone and tooth development; microbial pathogenesis and oral immunology; stem cell biology; inflammatory based-oral diseases; oral complications of systemic diseases; temporomandibular joint disorders; cancer biology; and novel biomaterial development. Students who select the Craniofacial Biology track as their major emphasis will have access to advanced courses in Craniofacial Biology, a track-specific journal club, and an Oral Health Sciences Seminar Series (organized through the Department of Craniofacial Biology). Successful candidates are expected to complete publishable research under the direction of a Program mentor and are strongly encouraged to use the resources and expertise of both clinical and basic science faculty.
Craniofacial Biology Course Descriptions
Craniofacial Biology Faculty