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Online Manual: Office of Research and Research Training

Russell S. Taichman, DMD, DMSc
Associate Dean for Research
Faculty, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Office: 1209A Phone: 763-8216
Administrative Assistant: Amy Watson -

Jan Hu, BDS, PhD
Director, OHS PhD Program
Faculty, Biologic and Materials Sciences
Office: G306E Phone: 763-6769

Robert M. Eber, DDS, MS
Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Professor
Office: 3393 Phone: 647-4023

Pat Schultz
Office of Research Manager
Office: G306B Phone: 764-4726

Melisa Karby
Manager, Contracts & Grants
Office: 1335 Phone: 763-3389

Office of Research

The Office of Research and Research Training supports and coordinates research and research training at the School of Dentistry. Working with various centers, cores and committees, the Office assists faculty, students and staff in accomplishing the research mission of the School. Importantly, the Office of Research is the School’s interface with the Vice President for Research of the University in ensuring compliance with research policies. Within this office, the Oral Health Sciences PhD Program, the Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant and the K-12 TMJD and Oral Pain Interdisciplinary Consortium Grant are supported. This office also houses the Contracts and Grants management for Dentistry and the Clinical Research Core.

New faculty at the School of Dentistry are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Russ Taichman, Associate Dean for Research and(or) Robert Eber, Director of Clinical Research to discuss your research goals and resources available to you on campus and at the school. To set up this meeting, contact Amy Watson at or (734) 615-1970.

School of Dentistry Support for Research

The Research Committee is an advisory committee chaired by the Associate Dean for Research. This Committee provides input on Research Space Guidelines, Research Cores, Clinical Research, Innovative Research funds, Grants, Regulatory issues as it deals with research, Research Day, and arising University and School of Dentistry research issues.

The School of Dentistry Bridging Program provides support to continue federally funded research projects that have a non-fundable peer review score but are likely to be funded on resubmission or on future modified submissions. The Dean has set aside money to support applications from investigators who need “bridging” support to sustain an ongoing, externally funded, research project. These funds are accessed through an application process managed through the Office of Research. Questions regarding the bridging deadlines and process can be answered through a scheduled appointment.

Research Cores located within the School of Dentistry include the Histology Core, the Micro CT Core, and the Molecular Biology Core.  The school also provides information regarding the use and care of animals in research.  Please login to MiTools to access more information regarding the Animal Facilities. For a list of services and prices please go to the Office of Research website.

Contacts for the Research Cores
Histology Chris Strayhorn 647-4324
Micro CT Michelle Lynch 615-7631
Molecular Biology Taocong Jin 615-4833

The Oral Health Sciences (OHS) Seminar and Journal Club Series is a required course in the PhD curriculum and is open to all members of the School of Dentistry Community. The OHS Seminar Series is sponsored by the Oral Health Sciences PhD Program, the NIH-funded T32 Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant, the School’s Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Focus Group, and the K-12 TMJD and Oral Pain Interdisciplinary Consortium, the Clinical Research Core, and the departments. These seminars are held on Thursdays at 12:00 Noon for the entire School of Dentistry and the University of Michigan science community (G550). The OHS Journal Club Series is held on Tuesdays at 12 Noon. For a list of seminars and journal club dates, please see Research & Research Training Program Events.

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) is required by federal grant agencies and the University. Within the School of Dentistry RCRS content is embedded in the OHS Seminar Series and Journal Clubs, identified as “The Culture of Science and Science Careers”.

Research Day is an annual event that gives undergrads, DDS, dental hygiene, graduate students, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and staff the opportunity to present summaries of their research. This annual event occurs in February and features a keynote speaker, research posters and vendor exhibits.

Research Themes in the School, across basic, translational and clinical research, include:

  • Craniofacial, Skeletal Biology and Disease
  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical, Population, and Educational Research
Research Training at the School of Dentistry

Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees are given several opportunities for research experiences in the School of Dentistry. These include participation in: 1) DDS Research Pathways curriculum, 2) Oral Health Sciences PhD Program, 3) Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant from the NIDCR, NIH, 4) Postdoctoral Association. (See the following information for eligibility requirements.)

All students and trainees conducting research are invited to participate in the School’s Annual Research Day. Please see the Office of Research and Research Training website for additional information on each of these programs.

The Oral Health Sciences PhD Program (OHS) trains outstanding students to become advanced research scientists in their field of specific interest within the oral sciences. A major curriculum goal is to provide students with an understanding of the functional, structural and molecular properties of the oral and craniofacial region. Training in OHS prepares dentist scientists who will be strong candidates for faculty positions in dental schools at major research universities. The program includes basic, translational and clinical research approaches to important problems concerned with health maintenance or diseases of the oral facial region. Dual degree programs for the DDS/Oral Health Sciences PhD and MS in a graduate specialty/Oral Health Sciences PhD also are offered. For a complete description of these programs please see Oral Health Sciences PhD Program.
Jan Hu, BDS, PhD, Director OHS PhD Program

The Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant (NIDCR, NIH). Tissue Engineering at Michigan (TEAM) is an interdisciplinary research-intensive training program for trainees (eligibility: US citizens and permanent residents) who wish to pursue careers in the oral sciences with a focus in the area of restoration of oral and craniofacial tissues. It is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR, NIH).

Postdoctoral Association. The University of Michigan Postdoctoral Association represents the interests and issues of postdoctoral fellows at the University. The School of Dentistry is committed to augment professional development provided by faculty mentors and provide a forum to identify and address specific needs and career progression. More information about the Postdoctoral Association may be found at UMPDA website.

University of Michigan Support for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) coordinates all of the requirements and compliance issues for researchers at the University of Michigan. Funding for new and established investigators and innovative projects is available via applications to the OVPR.

The Office of Research in the School of Dentistry provides investigators a direct link and on-site support for issues related to grant applications, research compliance, occupational safety and health, use of controlled substances in animal research, and protocol submissions to the University Committee on Use and Care of Animals in research, via the eRAM system.

The Rackham School of Graduate Studies has funding opportunities available for Graduate Faculty at the University of Michigan. They include Discretionary Funds for Faculty Support, Faculty Fellowship Enhancement Award, Rackham Faculty Research Grants, and more.

Other Program contacts:

  • Dr. David Kohn is the Director of Tissue Engineering at Michigan (TEAM). Dr. Kohn can be reached at 764-2206 or

Human and Clinical Research Center (HCRC)

Robert M. Eber, DDS, MS
Director of Clinical Research and Clinical Professor

Andrea Frantz, RDH, BSDH, CCRP
Clinical Research Project Manager

The Human and Clinical Research Center at the School of Dentistry strives to serve the profession, and the public in the translation of basic knowledge into new clinical therapies, while supporting the evaluation of existing therapies in order to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health. The CRC provides clinical research project management and consultation services to all faculty and research team members at the School of Dentistry, and includes the following: protocol review, informed consent form development, grants support, project management, and regulatory services (FDA and IRB applications).

Investigators who are initiating studies involving human subject should be working with the HCRC at Dentistry to register the study and identify the support needed.

The HCRC support office is located in the Office of Research (G306)

Important links

Clinical Research
MICHR (University clinical research resource)