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Faculty Information

Andrew I. Spielman, DMD, MS, PhD

Chair (Interim), Department of Basic Sciences and Craniofacial Biology
Director, Rare Book Library and Historical Archives
Room 914S, Dental Center, 345 East 24th Street


Certificate (online), History of Medicine, Oxford University 2018
PostDoc Fellow, Neuroscience, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA 1989
PhD, Biochemistry/Oral Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1988
MS, Biochemistry/Oral Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 1985
Certificate, Oral Surgery, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel 1982
DMD, Dentistry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tirgu Mures, Romania 1974


  • President, American Academy of History of Dentistry - 2018
  • Fellow of New York Academy of Medicine - 2015
  • Fellow of American College of Dentists 2013
  • Fellow of International College of Dentists - 2012
  • ADEA Excellence in Teaching Award - 2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award NYU - 2009
  • Fellow Pierre Fauchard Academy 2008
  • ADEA Dental Education Award - 2007


  • Dental education
  • Mechanisms of bitter and sour taste
  • History of dentistry

Andrew I. Spielman on ResearchGate >>>

Dental education is at a crossroads. Health care reform, interdisciplinary education, the digital revolution and the role of dentists in overall health, are all shaping how we teach and test in and outside a dental school. We are interested in innovative ways of delivering curriculum, promoting learning rather than testing, and emphasizing integration and clinical application of basic science concepts.

We are also interested in the peripheral mechanisms of taste transduction, primarily that of the bitter and sour taste. We collect human taste tissue and culture them and study taste signal transduction mechanisms.

Finally, we are interested in the History of Medicine and Dentistry and the history of the NYU College of Dentistry — the role others had played before us in shaping current knowledge, which is essential for us to appreciate the present.  


Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

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Relevant Publications on Taste:

Huang L, Shanker YG, Dubauskaite J, Zheng JZ, Yan W, Rosenzweig S, Spielman AI, et al. Ggamma13, a novel G protein gamma subunit expressed in gustducin-positive taste receptor cells, mediates IP3 responses to bitter denatonium. Nature Neurosci 2(1999): 1055-1062.

Qian J, Mummalaneni S, Phan H, Heck GL, DeSimone J, West D, Mahavadi S, Murthy KS, Rhyu MR, Spielman AI, et al., (2017) Cyclic-AMP Regulates Postnatal Development of Neural and Behavioral Responses to NaCl in Rats. PLOS One 12(2): e0171335.

Lyall V, Qian J, Mummalaneni S, Larsen J, Grider JR, Spielman AI, Ozdener HM. (2018). Nicotinic Acethylcholine Receptor (CHRN) Expression and Function in Cultured Human Adult Fungiform (HBO) Taste Cells. PLOS One.

Spielman AI and Brand JG. (2018). Wiring taste receptor cells to the central gustatory system. Oral Diseases 24, January, doi: 10.1111/odi.12833.

Douglas JE, Lin C, Mansfield CJ, Arayata CJ, Cowart CJ, Spielman AI, et al., (2019). Tissue dependent expression of bitter taste receptor TAS2R38 mRNA. Chemical Senses (in press). 

Relevant Publications on Education:

Spielman AI, Fulmer T, Eisenberg E, and Alfano MC. (2005). Dentistry, Nursing and Medicine: A Comparison of Core Competencies. J Dent Ed, 69:1257-1271.

Lai H, Gierl MJ, Byrne EB, Spielman AI, Waldschmidt DW. (2016). Three Modeling Applications to Promote Automatic Item Generation for Examinations in Dentistry. J Dent Ed 80, 3, p. 339-347.

Tsai TH, Spielman AI and Kramer GA. (2017) An overview of the models in reporting school data on dental credentialing examinations. J Dent Ed 81:2 178-189.

Schloss AJ, Verjee N, Spielman AI. (2017). The Era of Personalized Dentistry Is Upon Us: It's Time to Include It in Dental Curricula (Guest Editorial). J Dent Ed 81:4, 363-365.

Spielman AI. (2018). The Future of Oral Medicine. Oral Diseases 24(1-2), doi: 10.1111/odi.12739.

Relevant Publications on History of Dentistry:

Spielman AI. (2007). The Birth of the Most Important 18th Century Dental text: Pierre Fauchard's Le Chirurgien Dentist. J Dent Res, 10: 922-926.

Spielman AI. (2009). The Boy with the Golden Tooth - 1595 Case Report about the Use of Gold Foil in Dentistry. J Dent Res 88:8-11.

Seiler R, Spielman AI, Zink A, and Rühli F. (2013) The Oral Pathologies of the Neolithic Iceman - ca 3300 BC - European J Oral Sciences, 121:3pt1, June 2013, 137-141.

Spielman AI. (2018) The 150 Year History of New York University College of Dentistry - Vol 1, p.144.

Spielman AI. (2018) The 150 Year History of New York University College of Dentistry - Vol 2. P313.

Aviczer S, Kohanbash K, Spielman AI (2019). Digital access to the Weinberger Rare Book Collection at NYU College of Dentistry. Bull Hist Dent (In press).