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

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 occupies a prominent place among the priorities and accomplishments of the school’s students, residents, and faculty, many of whom are preeminent in their fields.

The UConn School of Dental Medicine consistently ranks highly among United States dental schools in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Active research grants to the dental school exceed $8 million annually. Research support is funded through the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), other institutes of the National Institutes of Health, and nonfederal sources.

Extensive laboratory facilities are available to researchers. There is a dedicated Dental Clinical Research Center, part of a larger Clinical Research Center at UConn Health. Dental school faculty also have access to numerous core facilities.

The research interests of each faculty member is available on his/her profile page. Undergraduate and postgraduate students have opportunities to participate in research in a variety of areas, reflecting the research breadth of faculty at UConn Health.

For more information, contact Rajesh V. Lalla, Associate Dean for Research at

Research Center

Student Research Programs