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Masters in Biology Program, Oral Biology Track

Track Description
The Oral Biology track within the Masters of Biology Program is offered through the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science (GSAS) Department of Biology in collaboration with the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD). This track is open only to students with a minimum of a baccalaureate or equivalent degree, alone or combined with advanced clinical training. Candidates are chosen based on their academic records and recommendations and an assessment of the candidate's scholarly potential. MCAT or DAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE (when applying, leave the GRE section blank and upload the MCAT/DAT scores at the end as supplemental information). Applicants whose native language is not English and have not obtained a degree from a US institution must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Students are awarded the Master of Science degree in Biology degree upon completion of 36 credits with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher, and completion of a qualifying research paper. 24 of the credits must be completed in Biology courses or courses cross-listed with Biology (BIOL-GA). The remaining 12 credits can be completed in graduate courses offered through other departments such as the Department of Biomaterials or Basic Sciences. The qualifying paper (also called a Master’s thesis) can be written based on original laboratory research results (laboratory-based thesis) or an in-depth literature study of an area of oral biology (library-based thesis). The thesis is typically mentored by a faculty member at NYUCD.

Scholarship and Financial Support
At present, there are no scholarships available and all applicants are fully responsible for all costs associated with this program. However there are teaching adjunct positions available. For more information contact Gail Kashishian in the Department of Biology (212-998-8212;

Example Course Offerings:

Highly Recommended Courses Offered through the Department of Biology
Bio Core 1: Molecules and Cells - BIOL-GA.1001, 4 points.
A survey of the major topics of up-to-date molecular and cellular biology, starting with molecular structure and function of proteins and polynucleic acids and ending with genetics, systematic, and genomics.

Bio Core 2: Genes, Systems, and Evolution - BIOL-GA.1002, 4 points.
A survey of the major topics of modern biology, including cell biology, developmental genetics, plant biology, neurobiology, population genetics, evolution, and systems biology.

Highly Recommended Courses Offered through the College of Dentistry
Integrative Seminars in Oral Biology I: Oral Systemic Connections - BASCI-DN.8048.001 /BIOL-GA.2048 3 points.
Introduction to current topics in oral biology primarily focusing on the connection between oral disease and other systemic diseases and medical conditions. Topics include various aspects relating to etiology of dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral facial pain, oral infections (oral biofilm, oral microbiome, HIV), metabolism of tobacco carcinogens by human oral tissue, squamous cell carcinomas, mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, and correlations between oral pathogens and chronic systemic inflammatory diseases.

Integrative Seminars in Oral Biology II: Bone Biology & Craniofacial Development - BASCI-DN.8049.001 /BIOL-GA.2049 3 points.
Introduction to up-to-date knowledge of skeletal and bone biology, molecular, cellular, and oral biology.  Topics will cover both basic and clinical aspects of bone metabolism, skeletal biology, craniofacial development, bone and soft tissue remodeling, bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, and chronic systemic inflammatory disease and osteoporosis.

Directed Individual Research in Oral Biology - BASCI-DN.8050-8052/BIOL-GA.3350-3352 1-4 points.
This course provides the opportunity for students to work with a faculty member at the NYUCD on his/her current research project, including laboratory research or library research (readings, literature reviews).

Elective Courses offered through the College of Dentistry

Issues in Global Pediatric Oral Health - BIOL-GA 2520/GPH-GU-2520, 3 points.
Introduction to Statistics for Health Professionals - D60.7040/GN.3501, 3 points.
Statistics for Health Professionals - D60.7014/GN.3502, 3 points.
Bioceramics - BIOM-GA.1003, 3 points.
Biomaterials Tissue Interface I - BIOM-GA.1005, 3 points.
Introduction to Electron Microscopy - BIOM-GA.1008, 3 points.
Imaging Science - BIOM-GA.1016, 4 points.
Host Response to Infection - BASCI-DN.7027-001/BIOL-GA.2027, 3 points. (Suitable only for International students with D.D.S. degrees.)

Elective Courses Offered through the Department of Biology
Toxicology - BIOL-GA.1006, 4 points.
Advanced Immunology - BIOL-GA.1011, 4 points.
Hot Topics in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - BIOL-GA.1023, 4 points.
Special Topics in Physiology - BIOL-GA.1031, 4 points.
Cell Biology - BIOL-GA.1051, 4 points.
Systems Biology - BIOL-GA.1128, 4 points.
Genomics and Global Public Health - BIOL-GA.2015, 4 points.
Introduction to Biostatistics - BIOL-GA.2303, 4 points.

Director of the Master of Science in Biology Program (all tracks): Christine Rushlow, Professor of Biology, NYU Arts and Science (212-998-8270;

Director of the Oral Biology track: Yihong Li, Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, NYU College of Dentistry (212-998-9607;

Note: The MS/OB track will be managed by NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science and the College of Dentistry. For the schedule of course offerings, please see the registrarís web site:

Approval from the Directors is needed prior to registration for courses outside of Biology, Biomaterials, and the College of Dentistry.

Faculty Information at the College of Dentistry

William R. Abrams, Research Professor (HIV protein interactions)
Mani Alikhani, Assistant Professor (bone biology)
Robert J. Boylan, Associate Professor (periodontal pathogens)
Timothy G. Bromage, Professor (biological anthropology)
Page W. Caufield, Professor (molecular biology/epidemiology/genetics of microbial infections)
Ronald G. Craig, Associate Professor (periodontal wound healing)
Simone Duarte, Assistant Professor, (biofilms)
John C. Dolan, Assistant Professor, (head & neck pain, temporal mandibular disorders)
Jennifer L. Gibbs, Assistant Professor, (endodontic pulp biology and pain)
Juhee Jeong, Assistant Professor, (craniofacial development)
Angela R. Kamer, Associate Professor (periodontal disease link with systemic diseases)
Steve Engebretson, Professor (diabetes and periodontal diseases)
John S. Evans, Professor (biomineralization)
Joseph B. Guttenplan, Professor (chemical carcinogenesis)
Kathleen W. Kinnally, Professor (mitochondrial electrophysiology, programmed cell death)
David Levy, Associate Professor (HIV molecular biology and immunology)
Yihong Li, Professor (molecular epidemiology of early childhood caries, oral microbiota)
Xin Li, Assistant Professor (bone biology, diabetes and cancer)
Louis Lin, Professor (periapical wound healing and stem cells)
Daniel Malamud, Professor (HIV and salivary diagnostics)
Jane A. McCutcheon, Associate Professor (T lymphocytes and cytokines)
Amr M. Moursi, Associate Professor (craniofacial growth)
Nicola Partridge, Professor (parathyroid hormone and bone biology)
Joan A. Phelan, Professor (pathology)
Marcelo Romero-Reyes, Assistant Professor (orofacial pain and migraine)
John L. Ricci, Associate Professor (bone and soft tissue remodeling)
Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet Professor (craniofacial development)
Deepak Saxena, Assistant Professor (molecular biology/microbiology)
Brian Schmidt, Professor (oral cancer and orofacial pain)
Emi Shimizu, Assistant Professor (parathyroid hormone and bone remodeling)
Despina Sitara, Assistant Professor (bone biology and hematopoiesis)
Andrew I. Spielman, Professor (peripheral mechanisms of taste and smoking prevention)
Cristina Teixeira, Associate Professor (growth plate chondrocyte differentiation and apoptosis)
Louis Terracio, Professor (muscle tissue engineering)
Rodrigo F. Viecilli, Assistant Professor (biomechanics)
Shoshana Yakar, Associate Professor (bone metabolism)
Seiichi Yamano, Assistant Professor (tissue engineering and gene therapy)
Yu Zhang, Associate Professor (dental ceramics).

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