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PhD in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

​Intensive research training for dental professionals headed for academia

Program Directors

Pamela DenBesten, DDS, MS

Ralph Marcucio, PhD

Admissions Contact

Roger Mraz
Program Administrator
Office of Graduate and Research Affairs

513 Parnassus Ave., S-619A
San Francisco, CA 94143-0430

415.502.7772 (voice)
415.502.7763 (fax)

Offered under the auspices of the Graduate Group in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, the PhD program in oral and craniofacial sciences provides training and experience in research, primarily for qualified dentists and dental hygienists interested in academic careers.

The PhD program is designed to train academic research investigators of the future, who will carry out independent, high-quality research in oral biology, the foundations of which are in numerous oral health-related biomedical sciences: cell, developmental and molecular biology, biochemistry, biomaterials, biophysics and physical sciences.


The UCSF integrated DDS/PhD program is a highly competitive program that requires credentials to allow admissions to both the PhD and DDS programs.

These require separate application processes. See our DDS/PhD program page for information on the DDS application process.

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