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OCS Leadership and Support

Pamela Den Besten, DDS, MS
OCS Program Co-Director
(415) 502-7828
Dr. DenBesten is a Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, and Chair of the Division of Pediatric Dentistry.  She received her DDS degree from the University of Iowa, post-doctoral specialty training in pediatric dentistry, and post-doctoral research training (supported by an F32 grant) at the University of North Carolina.
She continued her research training at the Forsyth Institute in Boston, where she was appointed as an Assistant Member of the Staff, Department of Biochemistry. She supported her research through independently funded grants at Forsyth, Eastman Dental in Rochester New York, and finally at UCSF where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences.

As a scientist and clinician, Dr. DenBesten is well aware of the challenges that face dental research scientists, particularly those with clinical as well as research responsibilities and interests. Dr. DenBesten is currently a member of the NIDCR Advisory Council, and has served on multiple grant review panels, including chairing the Oral Biology and Medicine Study Section from 1994-1996. She has mentored PhD and MS students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. Dr. DenBesten’s research has been funded by a variety of grants and contracts from NIH during her career, including F32, R21, R29, R03, R21, R01 and P30 awards, as well as commercial and foundation support. Currently she derives research support from R01 and R21 project awards. She has mentored both PhD and DSTP students in the OCS graduate program.

Ralph Marcucio, PhD
OCS Program Co-Director
(415) 206 5366
Dr. Marcucio received his PhD from Cornell University in 1995, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in Anatomy and Embryology at Cornell, and a second post-doctoral fellowship at UCSF in Craniofacial Development. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF School of Medicine, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, School of Dentistry.

Dr. Marcucio's research is focussed on development and repair of the skeleton. He uses various models to understand the tissue interactions that regulate morphogenesis of the skull, as well as to understand the role of stem cells and inflammation during repair of bone defects. This research is currently funded by grants from the NICDR, as well as grants from a variety of Orthopaedic Research foundations. He is on the Editorial Board of “Developmental Biology,” “The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research” and “Evolutionary Biology.” Dr. Marcucio has significant experience training undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Roger Mraz
Program Administrator
(415) 502 7772

Kathryn Gabriel
Finance Analyst
(415) 514 0779