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.