Research, the generation of new knowledge, is an integral part of the mission of the UConn School of Dental Medicine.

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Research Strengths

Faculty and trainees at the UConn School of Dental Medicine (SDM) are engaged in a broad spectrum of research activity ranging from basic science laboratory research to clinical research, including clinical trials. Although every unit of the SDM has research activity, the following 3 groups in the SDM are especially research-focused:

Behavioral Sciences and Community Health

Biomedical Engineering

Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development

Research Training Opportunities

The UConn School of Dental Medicine provides a variety of research training opportunities ranging from a short summer research experience to comprehensive PhD level research training and postdoctoral training. Please use the links below to explore our various research training opportunities.

UConn-NIDCR T90/R90 Research Training Program
(includes the DMD/PhD program, PhD program, and postdoctoral fellowships)

Master of Dental Science Program

Combined DMD/Masters Program
(includes training in Public Health or in Clinical and Translational Research)

Summer Research Programs

Quick Facts

Research-intensive school with over $10M in extramural research funding per year

Ranked #8 of all US dental schools based on total NIH funding for NIH FY2020 (rankings from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, based on NIH data).

A broad spectrum of research activity and funding including laboratory and clinical research

Recently renovated laboratory facilities; dedicated Dental Clinical Research Center

Access to a wide range of core facilities that support research

Robust research training opportunities supported by long-standing NIH training grants

Research Resources

Students, residents, postdoctoral trainees and faculty at the UConn School of Dental Medicine (SDM) have access to a wide range of research resources through the School, UConn Health, and UConn Storrs campus.

Proposal Development Services

The SDM research community can access scientific editing and other proposal development services through arrangements at the School and University level. For scientific editing support, please contact Laura Didden at For proposal development services and proofreading services offered through the Office of the Vice-President for Research (OVPR).

Grant Writing Training and Resources

Periodic training on grant writing for various types of grants is offered by the OVPR.

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Statistical Support

For statistical support for dental residents in Master’s degree programs, please contact Dr. Chia-Ling Kuo at

For all other statistical support needs for SDM students, residents, and faculty, assistance is available through the UConn Statistical Consulting Services, through one of the following options:

Free Walk-In (Virtual): For quick questions about statistical issues that can be handled in a 20 minute consulting session.

Free Ask Online: Alternatively, you can submit questions online using the submission form at the link below:

Fully Supported Project Engagement: If more in-depth assistance is needed, it will be supported by the SDM, if there is no funding available for the project. Complete the SDM project submission form to request assistance.

For any questions about support through UConn Statistical Consulting Services, please contact Dr. Timothy Moore at

Internal Funding Opportunities

A variety of internal funding opportunities are open to SDM faculty including the Research Excellence Program, Convergence Awards for Research in Interdisciplinary Centers (CARIC) and the SPARK Technology Commercialization Fund.

Core Facilities

Core Facilities are available to the SDM Research community. Resources are located at UConn Health, and the Storrs and Avery Point campuses.

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Health Center Research Advisory Council (HCRAC) programs

  • Research Equipment support (includes repair/replacement support and new capital equipment support)
  • Emergency Grant Program
  • Exploratory Project Transition Award
  • Travel Grants for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

For information on the above programs, please see the HCRAC website


Looking for collaborators at UConn? Try Lincus, which tells you which faculty at UConn are working on topics of interest to you. Log in with your UConn Net ID.

Technology Commercialization Services (TCS)

Technology Commercialization Services helps the UConn research community move their research towards practical application.

For more information and resources, visit the Office of the Vice President for Research

Contact Research Office Staff

Laura Didden, CRA
Manager, SDM Research Office
ldidden@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-3891

Annmarie Martin
amartin@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-2548

Brandon Mulcunry
bmulcunry@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-7652

Lisa Ramsdell
ramsdell@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-2552

Kamal Sahoobah
sahoobah@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-6012

Robin Tiso
rtiso@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-3023

Caibin Zhang
czhang@uchc.eduPhone: 860-679-4498