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Training in Craniofacial and Oral Health Research

Training in Craniofacial and Oral Health Research (T-COHR) is an integrated research training program based in the College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). A critical need for well-trained investigators in dental, oral and craniofacial research forms the rationale for our program. T-COHR’s mission is to address this need by offering mentored research training opportunities at the interface of oral health, craniofacial biology and bioengineering. T-COHR provides a strong curriculum and thematic research experiences in an integrative framework that emphasizes mentoring, scientific advancement, academic career development, grantsmanship, and productivity. The primary components of T-COHR are:

1. The Dental Scientist Training Program (DSTP), 1 of 14 NIDCR-funded research training programs offering a consolidated DMD/PhD degree pathway;

2. Predoctoral research training leading to the PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences or Bioengineering with applications to oral/craniofacial health; and

3. Postdoctoral research training for dentist-scientists and/or non-clinician PhD scientists in basic, translational or bioengineering sciences important to dental, oral or craniofacial health.

4. Oral Health Sciences Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Seminar Series

T-COHR is an integral part of the Center for Oral Health Research (COHR), a University Center of Research Excellence in the College of Dental Medicine that engages faculty and trainees in other disciplines and departments in the Colleges of Medicine, Graduate Studies, Nursing and Dental Medicine at MUSC, the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University, and the Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC.


Keith L. Kirkwood, DDS, PhD
Professor and Chair
Associate Dean for Research
Director, Center for Oral Health Sciences

Michael Kern, PhD
Professor of Regenerative Medicine
Professor of Craniofacial Biology

 Dr. Fox discusses careeres in dental research.