The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is a global leader in oral science and dental and craniofacial research.

A $61 million renovation of the Dental Science Building—completed in 2016—modernized dental clinics and enhanced research facilities at the college. In 2017, the college also began sustained investments in research infrastructure to make full use of its facilities, including multiple grant support specialists, a director of science writing and editing, and the Division of Biostatistics and Computational Biology. These renovations, and investments in infrastructure, along with a focus on recruiting, hiring, and supporting new researchers has resulted in a record number of external grant funds, largely from the National Institutes of Health, and a record number of grant applications. 

Top 10 in NIDCR Research Funding

In 2020, the University of Iowa was ranked 10th in the country, and 2nd in the Big 10, for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funding with just over $6.4M,

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Iowa Section of the AADOCR

Promoting oral, dental, and craniofacial research.

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Dental Student Research

Bringing research and education together.

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Graduate Studies

Programs in eleven dental specialties and in oral science.

Seed Grant Program

Funding for early-career researchers or new projects.

Research News

Erliang Zeng

Iowa Computational Biology Researcher Receives USDA Grant to Study Drought Resistance in Plants

Thursday, December 2, 2021
A particular species of grass that is common across the Great Plains in the United States has many genetically different strains. These strains respond differently to drought and related environmental challenges, and Erliang Zeng, associate professor in the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, is working with a biologist at Kansas State University, to develop computational modeling and bioinformatic tools for data analysis to identify drought-resistant genes and their patterns in strains of the grass. The overall aim of the research is to improve our understanding of the mechanism about how organisms adapt to severe conditions such as drought and recommend traits for further genetic development.
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The College of Dentistry Announces 2021 Seed Grant Awards

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is pleased to announce the 2021 Seed Grant Awards. This is the second year of the seed grant program, and these grants fund innovative projects from early-career investigators or established investigators who are developing a new line of research.
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Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Awarded NIH Grant for Dissertation Project

Thursday, September 23, 2021
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Matthew Remy, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, a F31 grant to support his dissertation project, “Bone Regeneration Induced by the Sustained Release of Osteoinductive microRNAs from 3D-printed Constructs.”

Research Events

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Hardin Open Workshops - Systematic Reviews, Part 2: Literature Searching

Monday, December 13, 2021 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Hardin Library for Health Sciences
This class will focus on tips and techniques for carrying out a successful literature search in support of a systematic review. Topics will include techniques for developing search strategies, deciding which databases to search and how to seek out grey literature for a given topic. There will also be discussion on selecting journals for hand searching, documenting search strategies, and saving and organizing references. We suggest that “Nuts and Bolts of a Systematic Review” be taken before …
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Hardin Open Workshops - Getting Started with Hardin Library Resources

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Hardin Library for Health Sciences
This course will cover how to search for Hardin Library resources including books and journals and how to request materials not owned by the libraries. Participants will also be introduced to our available databases, subject guides, and services. This course can be tailored to meet the needs of a particular group.
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Research Areas

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Biostatistics and Computational Biology

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry Division of Biostatistics and Computational Biology provides state-of-the-art and cost-effective biostatistics and bioinformatics support for all the research projects conducted at the college

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Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells, Biomaterials and Materials Research

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is a worldwide leader in the use of bio- and tissue-engineering of stem cells, biomaterials, and other materials to produce new and exciting therapies.

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Clinical, Translational, and Big Data Research

Dental researchers at the college have a strong history of pursuing clinical and translational research in a collaborative and supportive environment with the goal of improving patient care. These efforts are now being augmented by big data resources.

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Craniofacial, Oral Biology, Genetics, and Dental Development

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is a worldwide leader in the genetics of craniofacial and dental development with the aim of identifying genetic and environmental causes of craniofacial and dental anomalies.

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Immunology, Inflammation, Microbiology, Caries, and Microbiome Research

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is a worldwide leader in studies of microbiology and the microbiome and their effects on caries progression, periodontal disease and on oral cancer.

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Oral Cancer

With expertise in several related fields, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry is becoming a worldwide leader in oral cancer research. These research efforts can improve early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancer and significantly improve survival rates and reduce morbidity.

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Public Health, Epidemiology, and Behavior Science

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is a worldwide and national leader in dental public health with specific attention on support for underserved populations and environmental influences on oral health.

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Public Policy Center and Oral Health Policy Research

Oral health is a vital component of our physical, social, and emotional well-being. Evidence increasingly links dental disease with poor health outcomes, including preterm birth and low birth weight, as well as heart disease. Since 1991, the Public Policy Center has investigated a broad range of dental topics in collaboration with investigators at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics focusing on conducting research that informs oral health policy at local, state, and national levels.