Faculty Information

Andrew I. Spielman, DMD, MS, PhD

Molecular Pathobiology
Director, Rare Book Library and Historical Archives
Room 914S, Dental Center, 345 East 24th Street
E-mail: ais1@nyu.edu

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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


  • Honorary Fellow, Academy of Distinguished Educators, NYU - 2019
  • President, American Academy of History of Dentistry - 2018-2021
  • 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. I am interested in innovative ways of delivering curriculum, promoting learning rather than testing, and emphasizing integration and clinical application of basic science concepts.

An older interest of mine is the peripheral mechanisms of taste transduction, primarily that of the bitter and sour taste. With my collaborators we collect human fungiform taste papillae and culture them and study a variety of aspects related to human taste.

Finally, have an interest in the History of Medicine and Dentistry and the role others had played before us in shaping current knowledge. As the recently appointed Director of our Rare Book Library, we started a process of digitization and publishing of cover stories for each volume of our extraordinary dentally-relevant collection.


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 44(1):33-40. 

Malik, B., Elkaddi, N., Touhara, K., Reisert, J., Spielman, A.I., Ozdener, M.H. (2019) Mammalian taste cells express functional odorant receptors. Chemical Senses, April 24, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/chemse/bjz019

Spielman, A.I., Ozdener, M.H. and Brand, J.G. (2019) Chemosensory systems. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (eLS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Chichester. (In Press). DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000038.pub3.

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.

London L, Zheng L, Rifkin B, Spielman AI, London S. (2019). A Three-Year Longitudinal Study on the Teaching of Personalized Dentistry in North American Dental Schools. J. Dental Edu. https://doi.org/10.21815/JDE.019.108

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).

Spielman, AI (2020). A Brief History of Dental Education in Clinical Education for the Health Professions: Theory and Practice. Nestel D., Reedy, G., McKenna, L, Gough, S. Eds., Springer-Nature Publishers, London. (In Press)