Graduate research programs

Our graduate research programs provide training for students who wish to pursue research in oral health and biomedical science.

The programs are housed in the Philips Institute for Oral Health Research located on the medical campus at Virginia Commonwealth University. We are in close proximity to, and collaborate with the Massey Cancer Center, an NCI designated cancer center, the VCU School of Medicine, the VCU School of Dentistry and the Institute for Engineering and Medicine. Candidates will have the opportunity to work with faculty in these centers.

For all enquiries please contact the program director Oonagh Loughran Ph.D. at

Student researcher

Ph.D. in Oral Health Research

The Ph.D. program in Oral Health Research  gives students the opportunity to conduct cutting edge biomedical research to help cure human disease. We offer an integrated, interdisciplinary environment with a range of Ph.D. opportunities in: Cancer, immunology and infectious diseases and regenerative medicine.

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M.S. in Oral Health Research 

The VCU School of Dentistry plans to offer an M.S. degree in Oral Health Research starting in Fall 2018. The M.S. is a two-year program and is designed with two groups of students in mind. 

For students who plan to apply to dental school, the non-thesis track focuses mainly on didactics including core courses and first year dentistry courses. Students will also undertake a small research project. 

Please complete the inquiry form to express your interest in the program. You will then receive more information on the curriculum and on the application procedure.