Two research professors using a large microscope


Research is integral to the College of Dentistry at Ohio State. Not only does our research contribute to the oral health of people throughout the world, but it also provides students a critically important dimension beyond classroom and clinical education. 

Our faculty researchers receive support from the National Institutes of Health – one of the nation's most prestigious research funding institutions. As part of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in the country, with colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine all on the same campus, we are committed to collaborative basic, clinical and translational research.

$6.2 mil
In 2022 External Research Funding
Out of 70 for NIH Funding (2022)
Out of 66 for NIH Funding (2020)

Major research areas

Faculty Research Labs

Foster Lab

We study the molecular biology of tooth root development and mineralization, with interests including genes, mechanisms, diseases, and novel regeneration strategies.

Kaspar Lab

Our lab studies the interactions between microbes of the oral cavity to determine how these exchanges impact the transition of oral health to disease.

Peters Lab

My overarching goal as a researcher in the dental-craniofacial field is to understand the molecular signals within the dental pulp of teeth that drive the accurate development and long-term maintenance of our teeth.

Research Opportunities

Research Day

Research Day is an annual event hosted by the College of Dentistry to showcase research conducted by our dental students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and residents.

Student research

Through the college’s Student Research Program (SRP), Ohio State DDS and dental hygiene students are exposed to research methodology, the scientific method and the generation of new and useful knowledge.

Research resources

At The Ohio State University are are numerous resources available to College of Dentistry researchers.
Undergraduate Student Research for Non-dental Students

If you are a non-dental undergraduate student with an excellent academic record, we invite you to consider research opportunities at the College of Dentistry! For more information contact Dr. Scott Schricker.

Office of Research 

The priority of the Office of Research is to promote and facilitate basic and clinical research at the College of Dentistry. The office helps college faculty, students and staff with proposal development, grants administration, research strategy, research compliance, safety and lab management. Please contact us for assistance in any of these areas.

Tina Adathakkar
Grants & Contracts Administrator

Tina Adathakkar