Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is a major locus for basic science and translational research at the College of Dentistry.  Departmental faculty interests range widely within a central research focus of craniofacial biology. These research interests include:

  1.  tissue engineering and regeneration;
  2.  the genetics of tooth development;
  3.  the developmental biology of craniofacial tissues;
  4.  the mechanics of bone;
  5.  the analysis of craniofacial growth in mutant and transgenic animal models; and
  6.  neurophysiological and endocrine mechanisms of orofacial pain. 

In addition to many well-outfitted individual laboratories, the Department provides access to analytical tools such as confocal microscopy, laser capture microscopy, real-time PCR, and microCT.

Departmental faculty provide all basic science instruction to dental and dental hygiene students, to graduate students in clinical specialty certificate programs, and to graduate students pursuing an MS or PhD in Oral Biology (both basic science track and clinical track).

Bellinger, Larry L, Regents Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of California at Davis, 1974

Benson, M D, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Michigan, 2000

Berry, Charles W, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Baylor University College of Dentistry, 1973

Dechow, Paul C, Regents Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Chicago, 1980

Feng, Jian Q, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Connecticut, 1991

Groppe, Jay C, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1991

Honeyman, Allen L, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Kansas, 1988

Kesterke, Matthew J, Instructional Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Pittsburgh, 2016

Kramer, Phillip R, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Texas A&M University, 1996

Liu, Xiaohua, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Tsinghua University, China, 2002

Logan, Shaun M, Instructional Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2009

Lu, Yongbo, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2007

Newman, Joseph T, Adjunct Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, 1973

Opperman, Lynne A, Regents Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1985

Qin, Chunlin, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Okayama University, 1998
DMD, Harbin Medical University, 1983

Reuben, Jayne S, Instructional Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHARMD, Florida A&M University, 2001

Ruest, Louisbruno, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2002

Schneiderman, Emet D, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 1985

Svoboda, Kathy K, Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1982

Tao, Feng, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Fudan University, China, 2000
MD, Wannan Medical College, People's Republic of China, 1986

Umorin, Mikhail P, Instructional Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Baylor University, 2006

Varanasi, Venu G, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
DEN, University of Florida Gainesville, 2004

Wang, Qian, Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, Chinese Academy of Sciencecs, 1998

Wang, Xiaofang, Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
DDS, Fourth Military Medical University, China, 2003

Zhang, Hua, Instructional Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences
PHD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2010
MD, Qingdao Medical College:, Qingdao, China, 1994