Multidisciplinary Undergraduate and Graduate Research Training Under Guidance of Leading Faculty Mentors
Students and postdoctoral fellows in MOST are preparing to shape the future of oral health research and clinical care. The program offers several tracks for both undergraduate and graduate / post-graduate researchers, including a PhD program and a combined DMD/PhD program, an undergraduate summer program, and a postdoctoral fellowship.
Explore our graduate research experiences
The Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program is an umbrella program that supports trainees at various stages of their career and graduate studies that fall within the core research/training mission of the training grant. The program offers several tracks for both undergraduate and graduate / post-graduate researchers, including a PhD program and a combined DMD/PhD program, an undergraduate summer program, and a postdoctoral fellowship.
Oral science research is multidisciplinary because it covers many different areas of biomedicine. The oral cavity can be thought of as a gateway to many other organ systems in the rest of the body, so research at the College of Dentistry involves a lot more than just teeth. The core research areas in the MOST program are in the biomedical sciences to advance craniofacial-oral-dental research including craniofacial biology, tissue regeneration, tissue engineering, biomaterials, oral cancer, microbiology, immunology, and translational research.
MOST fellows work with world-class faculty, use cutting-edge technology and explore new directions from the bench to the bedside. Our location at University of Illinois at Chicago - a level-1 biomedical and research university - gives us easy access to a diverse range of cutting-edge research, a diverse patient population and, when we’re not working, everything that Chicago has to offer: miles of open lakefront, great culture, dining and sports. The MOST Program is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
The DMD/PhD Program
The DMD/PhD program integrates our innovative DMD curriculum and clinical training with a customizable basic and translational oral sciences track to offer graduates both a DMD and PhD in Oral Sciences. Students work closely with faculty mentors and multidisciplinary science teams to gain valuable experience in the lab and clinic to prepare for careers in science, academics or specialized clinical practice.
More on the PhD in Oral Sciences
MOST participants gain valuable experience not only conducting laboratory research but also improving planning and presentation skills. Undergraduates in the summer program participate in a mentored research project working in a laboratory along with a faculty mentor who guides students in the planing and execution of a research project. Students get mentorship in preparing abstracts for scientific meetings and literature review, and learn new laboratory techniques. The summer program also includes weekly meetings covering: ABC’s of evidence-based medicine/dentistry; how to read an articles, how to write a hypothesis, responsible conduct of research, careers in biomedical research, How to write an abstract/ make a research presentation.
- Mentored research projects
- Research seminars
- Annual Clinic and Research Day
- Learn new lab techniques and project planning skills
- Learn how to prepare abstracts and present posters
- Learn the ABCs of evidence-based medicine/dentistry
The MOST Summer Research experience is a full-time, 12-week program that gives pre-dental and undergraduate students interested in biomedical or biological sciences a chance to complete a research project in laboratories on campus and under the direction of grant-funded faculty. The MOST Summer Research Program is not accepting applications for Summer 2017. For other opportunities in pre-health sciences, please visit, the 2017 Research Training and Career Development Program, here.
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In this video, faculty and students describe the advantages of being a student and researcher at UIC, and the College of Dentistry's DMD/PhD Program
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, DDS, MS, PhD is Associate Professor and the Director of Applied Dental Biomaterials & Interfaces Research. Dr. Bedran-Russo is also the Director of the T32 MOST Program and the MOST Summer Research Program. Her research focuses on biomechanics and biochemistry of dental hard tissue and bioinspired strategies to preserve and repair lost tooth structure. Dr. Bedran-Russo is actively involved in teaching and mentoring pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students. She is involved in many clinical and research associations such as Academy of Dental Materials, International Association for Dental Research and Academy of Operative Dentistry.
More about Ana Bedran-Russo
Student Research Group
The Student Research Group is dedicated to increasing and enhancing student research opportunities at the College. The group hosts activities such as the Summer Research Symposium to promote and support student research in dentistry as well as encourage and facilitate opportunities for students to share and further their research. The Research Symposium is a great opportunity for predental students to showcase their research as well as network with fellow predents, dental student researchers, faculty, and members of the AADR.
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- President: Elizabeth Guirado
- Vice President: Annette Merkel
- Treasurer: Andrew Bertagna
- Advisors: Dr. Lyndon Cooper and Dr. David Reed
Please contact the following people if you have questions about the MOST Program.
Program Director: Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, PhD, DDS
Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry
Director of Applied Dental Materials and Interfaces
President of the International Association for Dental Research Dental Materials Group
Dr. Anne George, PhD
Senior Advisor and Director of Career Development: Luisa DiPietro, PhD, DDS
Professor, Department of Periodontics
Director of the Center for Wound Repair & Regeneration and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.