Dental Medicine Research


The CU School of Dental Medicine is ranked in the top 10 U.S. dental schools that receive funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Research is a vital component of the school's mission, elevating the institution's reputation and ability to further evidence-based clinical care. Our nationally-ranked and nationally-funded research programs focus on Cancer Biology, 3D modeling, and Craniofacial Developmental Biology. The school's collaborative research programs are at the forefront of science and attract significant funding. More than $1M in grants have been awarded to our research teams so far in 2020. 

Research​ Expertise


Current research activities are focused on basic science and applied areas related to dental science, oral health and disease, and craniofacial biology.  Faculty research expertise includes:

  • Biomaterials/Bioengineering
  • Cancer biology
  • Craniofacial developmental/molecular biology
  • Developmental Genentics
  • Salivary gland biology
  • Nanogels for Drug Delivery
  • Antibacterial coatings
  • Biofilms
  • Stimuli-responsove 'Smart' Materials
  • Radioprotection of oral tissues
  • Cariology

Research Collaborations


The Anschutz Medical Campus was designed to facilitate research collaborations. Many dental faculty are also members of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder and maintain joint appointments in several School of Medicine departments. Faculty affiliations include: 

Contact Us


If you have questions about a School of Dental Medicine research program, please contact:

Department of Craniofacial Biology
12801 E. 17th Avenue,
RC1-South, L18-1101
Mail Stop 8120
Aurora, CO 80045
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Email: Dental-Research@ucdenver.edu
Fax: (303) 724-4580