Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

The mission of the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences is to support the missions of the UMKC School of Dentistry, UMKC, and the UM System. Through our graduate education and research programs we support all of the specific goals of the School of Dentistry mission statement.

The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences maintains a multi-disciplinary approach to research and graduate education. We employ a dedicated staff and maintain state-of-the-art equipment to support our world-renowned faculty’s high level of research grant funding. In addition to research, our faculty are committed to supporting and developing graduate and post-graduate students in their educational and research efforts.


Affiliated Seminar Series
UMKC Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT)

Graduate Programs

The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences offers MS and Interdisciplinary PhD graduate programs. Select one of the links below to learn more about which program might be the right career enhancement or educational opportunity for you.

To enhance your educational experience, you might consider the Master of Science in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences.

If you are a dentist considering an academic career or a scientist looking for an opportunity to link basic science with clinical research, you might consider our Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program.

Research and Graduate Studies

Research Programs within the Department of Oral Biology

The Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences has three main focus areas for research: Biomaterials/Bioengineering of Biological Tissues and Replacements; Mineralized Tissue Biology; and Translational and Clinical Research. Faculty across these areas regularly collaborate in innovative ways to make the best use of the talents of individuals in the department.

In the biomaterials area, faculty are investigating means of improving composite restorations through the development of new materials as well as improving the bond between the tooth and the filling material. In the mineralized tissue area, faculty are studying bone and muscle, determining how they act together, and how bone function affects its structure. Such studies are relevant for understanding and treating osteoporosis and fracture healing. In the translational and clinical research area, faculty are evaluating the impact of radiation therapy on the oral cavity, temporomandibular disorders, and studying diseases such as TB and HIV/AIDS.

Mineralized Tissue Biology
Translational and Clinical Research


Children’s Mercy Hospital
International Student Affairs Office
Midwest Research Institute
School of Dentistry Advanced Education Programs
Truman Medical Center
UMKC Life Sciences
UMKC School of Graduate Studies
University of Kansas Medical Center