Acting Chair: Louis Terracio, PhD
Vice Dean for Research and Professor, Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology
The department has a long history of academic performance with contributions to all programs of the College. Biomaterials play a fundamental role in most dental diagnostic and restorative procedures. The department’s programs are enhanced by a long history of funded research and an extensively equipped research suite for biomaterials development and characterization, much of it centered around new materials, biological models, calcium phosphate chemistry, and investigations on hard tissue architecture and regeneration.
The department’s educational and research role is enhanced by the M.S. Degree Program in Biomaterials and Biomimetics, offered in collaboration with the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science. This provides the opportunity for dental graduate and postgraduate students to work on a broad range of research projects in collaboration with graduate students with materials and engineering backgrounds. The student educational experience is also strengthened by interaction with visiting scholars from other research institutions from around the world.
The Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics contributes to the undergraduate dental educational program with lectures and laboratory exercises that are integrated into freshman and sophomore General Dentistry Simulation Programs to provide timely presentation of biomaterials course content.
These first two years programs are then enhanced by presentations integrated into the junior-year program covering the latest research findings and the translation of these into new clinical techniques and restorative and reconstructive philosophies. This requires close coordination with the other clinical departments of the Division of Reconstructive and Comprehensive Care and with the Division of Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, and Health Promotion.
These projects involve high school students, dental students, postgraduate dentists, MS students, faculty, and visiting scholars and researchers.