Chair: Nicola C. Partridge, PhD
Professor, Basic Science & Craniofacial Biology
Associate Chair: Eric Baker, M.Phil
Clinical Associate Professor, Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
The Department of Basic Science is one of the largest departments in the College, established by the fusion of six separate departments under one chair. NYU Dentistry is one of a handful of private dental schools with its own basic science faculty. The faculty participates in all aspects of the college life: education, scholarly activity, research, and service. In addition, they teach in all programs of the College: graduate, postgraduate, and allied health. Members of the department are nationally and internationally renowned scientists, educators, and academic leaders.
Research includes the study of fundamental mechanisms of apoptosis and programmed cell death, prostate cancer metastasis to bone, and studying premalignant to malignant cell transformation using human oral epithelial cells. The latter includes research on mutagenesis in lacZ mice, investigations of tobacco use and oral cancer, and the role of bacteria and inflammation in oral cancer.
Members of the department have close collaborations with the bone and cartilage research group in Biomaterials and also with the NYU School of Medicine.
The Center was established to enhance and coordinate the efforts of NYU clinicians, scientists and clinician scientists who work in different aspects of craniofacial and musculoskeletal biology with the ultimate goal to develop novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of craniofacial disorders and musculoskeletal diseases. The mission of the Center is to raise the tempo of research into diseases which affect craniofacial development and the skeleton leading to new knowledge, resulting in improving and new treatments for these diseases. Learn more about CSCB >>>
Studies focus on caries and biofilms and the oral aspects of HIV/AIDS. One group of investigators brings expertise ranging from molecular biology of oral pathogens to molecular epidemiology.
HARP investigates the oral manifestation of HIV/AIDS and anti-HIV therapies. This group has NIH funding that brings together the faculty from basic and clinical research at the NYU College of Dentistry, NYU School of Medicine and the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Institute and is generating the only bank of specimens from HIV positive subjects pre- and post HAART treatment. Members of this group also have fundamental research projects on oral-based diagnostics.
The Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology provides foundational knowledge and elective courses in the DDS curriculum. These courses are coded as BASCI-DN.xxxx and are all team taught, sometimes with other departments.
In addition, department faculty also teach in courses for other programs, such as in the post-graduate curriculum, the Dental Hygiene program, and College of Nursing programs.
For a complete course listing, read the DDS Course Inventory (PDF).
Course Coordinator: Elisabeth Lopez
Building Blocks of Life
Course Coordinator: John Evans
Course Coordinator: David N. Levy
Course Coordinator: Ronald Craig
Head & Neck Anatomy
Course Coordinator: Eric Baker
Course Coordinator: Joel Schiff
Course Coordinator: Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet