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Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences


Welcome to the website for the Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences, which was established in February, 2009, as a merger of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences and Pathology with the Division of Oncology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. This merger represented a vision of bringing together the clinical aspects of Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology and Oral Pathology with the basic science aspects of Molecular Oncology. Each program had previously been successful in its mission of teaching, service and research.

The creation of the new department reflects the vision of the school to enhance interactions between clinicians and basic scientists in order to translate cutting edge science into clinical practice and promote a new standard of care for ourpatients. The department consists of more than 40 faculty members with broad expertise including oral pathology, oral medicine, radiology, special care (HIV),cancer prevention, cancer biology, and cancer genetics, and nutritional pathology.The department is in the process creating a multidisciplinary center for oral mucosa diseases to improve our patient care and translational research.

The department consists of 13 independent clinical and laboratory investigators within an approximately 20,000-square-foot research space located on the sixth and seventh floors of the state-of-the-art school of dentistry building.The research activities of the department extend from fundamental cancer biology, inflammation, cancer immunology and cancer genetics to clinical trials in diagnosis and prevention. The research programs are mainly supported by the National Institutesof Health (NIH), including eight ongoing R01 grants where faculty members of this department serve as the principal investigators.

The department is committed to excellence in patient care, research, and education. We are working closely with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Department of Pathology in the school of medicine, and the Clinical Operation Board in the school of dentistry to provide superior clinical services. We are partnering with departments and programs of other campus units, particularly in the school of medicine to develop collaborative research programs. Our faculty members are also collaborating with investigators in other leading institutions, such as The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the NIH. Besides teaching courses for students of the DDS Program in the school, we are providing opportunities to talented individuals to pursue Ph. D. degrees in Experimental Pathology and Molecular Medicine or to obtain post graduate training through fellowships and visiting scholarships.