Division Overview

The post-graduate program in orthodontics at the University of Connecticut was established in 1971. Since its inception, it has made landmark contributions to the field of orthodontics. The Division has always been on the cusp of leading research in bone and muscle biology, craniofacial orthopaedics, and clinical orthodontics. The Division has led the field in the application of biomechanics and the development of innovative orthodontic materials and appliances. The peer reviewed contributions by faculty, residents, and alumni are well known in orthodontics.

Academic Program

Combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program

(36 months)
The combined M.Dent.Sc./Certificate Program is oriented toward preparing the student for substantial involvement in a career in research and teaching. While this academic program emphasizes in-depth research, it includes strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus an M.Dent.Sc. degree.

Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program

(approximately 60 months)
The combined Ph.D./Certificate Program is also oriented toward preparing the student for a career in research and teaching. There is an emphasis on in-depth research while still including strong clinical experience. This program leads to a certificate in orthodontics plus a Ph.D. degree. The length of time for this program is subject to each individual’s research progress. Applicants to the Combined Ph.D./Certificate Program must currently be a matriculated Ph.D. student at UConn Health in good standing. In addition, they must have the written permission of their Ph.D. advisor and committee. View more information on the Ph.D. in Biomedical Science program


The curriculum is “problem oriented” and is developed around a spectrum of courses. Each course consists of a sequence of problems and an organizational format appropriate for their solution. Each course is a result of the interaction of personnel and expertise from clinical and basic science areas.

The clinical portion of these programs include courses such as Growth and Development, Biomechanics I and II, Biology of Tooth Movement, Biostatistics, Functional Oral Anatomy, Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Multidisciplinary Care, Functional Appliances, Developmental Biology, Connective Tissue Biology, Biomaterials, Craniofacial Anomalies, Cephalometrics, Basic Edgewise, Orthodontic Appliances, Practice Management, TMJ Dysfunction, Functional Considerations, Surgical Orthodontics, and Research.


There are unique opportunities for the students to direct their interests into such diverse specialty areas as bone biology, growth and development, clinical orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, biomechanics, biology of tooth movement, muscle physiology, speech, and behavioral science. The Division has a number of well-equipped research laboratories devoted to biomechanics and cell biology as well as access to others in the School of Engineering, the Institute of Material Science, the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, and the Center for Biomaterials in the Division of Prosthodontics.


Admission Requirements

All applications will be processed through the Postdoctoral Application Support Service (PASS) of the American Association of Dental Schools. Information and an application can be obtained by contacting:

1625 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036-2212
Phone: 1-800-353-2237
Fax: 202-667-4983
Email: pass@adea.org

Orthodontic Policies and Procedures for Student Admittance

Policies and Procedures

Application Process

  1. An application must be submitted to PASS by September 15, 2017 to be considered for the following academic year.
  2. A supplemental application must be submitted to the following address by October 2, 2017 to be considered for the following academic year:
    Program Director
    Division of Orthodontics
    UConn Health
    263 Farmington Avenue, MC 1725
    Farmington, CT 06030-1725
  3. In addition, all applicants are required to register with the National Matching Service:
    National Matching Services
    20 Holly Street, Suite 301
    Toronto, Ontario Canada M4S 3B1
    Phone: 416-977-3431
    Fax: 416-977-5020
    Email: matchinfo@natmatch.com

Please include the following items in your supplemental application:

  1. Completed application.
  2. An application fee of $75 made payable to UConn Health (U.S. dollars drawn from U.S. bank or money order, no credit cards or wire transfers).
  3. A Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  4. 2” x 2” photo.
  5. Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions and a copy of the certificate of completion or diploma from graduate/professional schools if applicable..
  6. Important: Graduates from non-American Dental Association (ADA) accredited schools must submit original, sealed ECE’s or WES's with their supplemental application.
  7. National Dental Board Examination:  You must have taken and passed at minimum, part I of the NDBEs. Although The School of Dental Medicine Dean reports board scores to PASS, we also require you to request original scores be sent from ETS as part of your supplemental package.  Please have your scores sent to: proper@uchc.edu.
  8. Current TOEFL Score:  Students whose native language is not English must submit English proficiency scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), 80 (internet) or 6.5 (IELTS) is required for admission. Please send an original TOEFL with your application.  If not possible, send electronically to destination code 3938.
  9. Optional: GRE examination results. While the GRE’s are optional, it is highly recommend that the exam be taken and scores reported. Use GRE code 3931.
  10. We do not require the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT).

The PASS application deadline is September 15, 2017. The supplemental application must be submitted and received by October 2, 2017.

Applicants for the July 2, 2018 Matriculation Date:
Interviews will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and Friday, November 3, 2017. You will be contacted by telephone and/or email with an invitation if selected and for which day to interview.

Financial Information

For more information, see the Resident Salaries, Stipends, Fees and Tuition page and the Financial Aid and Budget page.




Full-Time Faculty

Ravindra Nanda, B.D.S, M.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Craniofacial Sciences
Chair, Division of Orthodontics

Flavio Uribe, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Associate Professor
Post-Graduate Program Director

John R. Harrison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Madhur Upadhyay, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.Dent.Sc.
Assistant Professor
Orthodontic Clinic Director

Sumit Yadav, B.D.S, M.D.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Eliane Dutra, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Part-Time Faculty

Taranpreet Chandhoke, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Jonathan Feldman, D.M.D., M.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Volunteer Faculty

David Cordes, D.M.D., M.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Michael DeLuke, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Thomas Dobie, D.D.S., M.Dent.Sc., M.S.
Clinical Instructor

Donald Drew, D.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Mark Feinberg, D.M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Robert Gange, D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Instructor

Erin Kazmierski-Furno, D.M.D., M.D.S.
Clinical Instructor

Michael Margolis, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Gary Opin, D.D.S., M.D.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Perry Opin, D.D.S., M.S.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Barry Rosenberg, D.M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Derek Sanders, D.M.D., M.Dent.Sc.
Clinical Instructor

Hamed Vaziri, D.M.D., M.Dent.Sc.
Clinical Instructor

Davis Witt, D.M.D., M.S.D.
Clinical Instructor

Advanced Program in Orthodontics for International Orthodontists

This is an all intensive one-year orthodontics program for dentists who want to enhance their knowledge in the field of orthodontics. This program is limited to dentists from other countries other than the United States and Canada. Students will receive a certificate stating successful completion of an advanced one-year program in orthodontics.



The didactic program will include lectures, seminars, and interdisciplinary patient conferences. Emphasis of the didactic program will be to provide a strong foundation in the areas of biomechanics, growth and development, biology of tooth movement, cephalometrics, and principals behind the theory and practice of orthodontics.

The clinical program will emphasize diagnosis, treatment plan, and mechanics plan of patients with various malocclusions. The students will work very closely with faculty and residents within the orthodontic clinic.

Research will also be an integral part of the program by providing an opportunity to work on various clinical and basic science research programs currently underway in our department.

The Division of Orthodontics works very closely with other divisions within the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. This will provide a very broad exposure to interdisciplinary care for orthodontics patients.


All participants must be a graduate of an accredited orthodontic program of their country. Application must accompany translated transcripts and at least three letters of recommendations.

Research Fellowship

The Division of Orthodontics currently consists of 8 full-time faculty members with 6 Ph.D.s, 4 part-time faculty members, 2 Professor Emeriti, and 13 part-time Clinical Associates who give clinical seminars and/or supervise cases. All full-time faculty members are actively engaged in research. The Division has successfully obtained research support from federal agencies and private industry. Thus, the fellows have access to a group of broadly focused, active clinicians and teachers with a long history of research interest and activity.

In addition to a three year combined Masters of Dental Sciences/Clinical Orthodontic Certificate Program for the Postgraduate Residency Program and a one year program in Advanced Education for International Dentists, the Division of Orthodontics offers a one-year postgraduate fellowship to graduates of U.S. dental schools.

The fellows will develop and participate in clinical and basic science projects in the Division of Orthodontics. The fellows will learn how to execute clinical research from writing a research protocol to the execution of the project. The fellows will also have the opportunity to attend various seminars and lectures offered by the Department of Craniofacial Sciences. This program will also complement, if the fellows wish to pursue, further dental education. After the completion of the fellowship, a certificate will be granted.

The cost of the fellowship is $20,000 U.S. dollars for the entire year. An initial $5,000 U.S. dollars payment is needed before the beginning of the fellowship.

The program has availability for 2 fellows per year with a July 1 start date. Interested applicants should provide an application, c.v., and dental school transcripts to the Division of Orthodontics by the January 1 deadline. Fellows will be evaluated based on the above items as well as an interview with the full-time faculty of the Division.

For more information you may contact the Division of Orthodontics at 860-679-2550.
Interested applicants should fill out the Application and send it to:

Dr. Madhur Upadhyay
Division of Orthodontics
UConn School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1725

Contact Information

Shelly Gioia-Morelli
Administrative Program Coordinator
Division of Orthodontics
University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1725

Phone: 860-679-2550
Email: gioiamorelli@uchc.edu