The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Dental Biomedical Sciences (DBMS) is offered by the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in conjunction with the School of Dentistry. The DBMS PhD program is primarily designed to train the next generation of dentist-scientists with fundamental scientific knowledge and skills to promote innovative research and education in dentistry. Ultimately, the program envisions our graduates to improve overall health in the nation and globally through the advancement of dental, oral, and craniofacial sciences. 

Major areas of research concentration include dental biomaterials; oral microbial pathogenesis; orofacial neural and pain sciences; tissue engineering, nanotechnology and regenerative medicine; and skeletal biology and pathology. 

The curriculum of the DBMS PhD program is tailored to support the research interest and career goals of each admitted student. This includes at least two laboratory rotations; the following required core courses: introduction to biomedical research, biostatistics, research ethics, journal club, seminars; advanced courses based on the area of research concentration; and laboratory research training. 

At the end of the second year, students prepare for their qualifying exam by writing a research proposal and defending the proposal in an oral exam. Upon successful completion of the qualifying exam, students are admitted to candidacy and shift emphasis to a full-time commitment to research under the direction of their mentor and a dissertation research advisory committee. Completion of the DBMS PhD program usually takes 4-5 years.     

For more information please contact:  

Nicki Mitchell 
Program Coordinator
Office of Research


Abraham Schneider DDS, PhD 
Associate Professor
Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences