Darnell Kaigler

Associate Professor of Dentistry


Periodontics & Oral Medicine





Dr. Kaigler was the first person to complete a dual DDS/PhD degree (Oral Health Sciences) at the University of Michigan (U of M). Dr. Kaigler went on to receive additional clinical training at the U of M earning certificates in operative dentistry and periodontics. He also received advanced post-doctoral research training at the U of M earning an MS in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. Dr. Kaigler is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine (School of Dentistry) and Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering). He has an active research program where he is the director of a research laboratory and lead investigator of clinical trials. A central focus of his research group is the development and implementation of stem cell-based therapies for the regeneration of oral tissues. Outside of his research and teaching responsibilities at the U of M, Dr. Kaigler participates in patient care in a multi-specialty group practice in downtown Detroit. Dr. Kaigler is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and involved in a number of professional organizations, including currently serving as the President of the Midwest Society of Periodontology.