Faculty Information

Robert M. Davidson, DDS, PhD

Associate Professor
Periodontology and Implant Dentistry
Floor 3W Weissman, 421 First Avenue
Fax: 212-995-4087
E-mail: robert.davidson@nyu.edu


  • PhD, Neurobiology, University at Buffalo 1989
  • Certificate, Periodontics, University at Buffalo 1986
  • DDS, Dentistry, Fairleigh Dickinson University 1971
  • BA, English Literature, Drew University 1965

Research Interests / Professional Overview

Dr. Robert Davidson joined the faculty at NYU College of Dentistry in 1996, and was Chairman of the Department of Periodontics from 2000-2005. Since then, he has focussed his efforts primarily towards teaching in the predoctoral curriculum, in both clinical as well as didactic educational programs. His teaching areas include Periodontal Diagnostics, Pathogenesis and Treatment Planning, and Therapeutics, and most recently, he has developed an interest in the application of E-learning to these disciplines in the dental school curriculum.

Representative Publications

Complete listing available on the NYU Health Sciences Library site.

Search PubMed for articles.

Kye W, Davidson RM, Martin J, Engebretson S (2012) Current status of periodontal risk assessment. J Evid Based Dent Pract 12 (3 Suppl):2-11

Strauss SM, Wheeler AJ, Russell SL, Brodsky A, Davidson RM, Gluzman R, Li L, Malo RG, Salis B, Schoor R, Tzvetkova, K (2009) The potential use of gingival crevicular blood for measuring glucose to screen for diabetes: an examination based on characteristics of the blood collection site. J Periodontol 80:907-14.

Moonga BS, Li S, Iqbal J, Davidson R, Shankar VS, Bevis PJ, Inzerillo A, Abe E, Huang CL, Zaidi M. (2002) Ca2+ influx through the osteoclastic plasma membrane ryanodine receptor. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 282:F921-32.

Moonga BS, Davidson R, Sun L, Adebanjo OA, Moser J, Abedin M, Zaidi N, Huang CL, Zaidi M. (2001) Identification and characterization of a sodium/calcium exchanger, NCX-1, in osteoclasts and its role in bone resorption. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 283: 770-5.

Davidson RM, Guo L (2000) Calcium channel current in rat dental pulp cells. J Membr Biol. 178: 21-30.

Guo L, Berry JE, Somerman MJ, Davidson RM (2000) A novel method to isolate odontoblasts from rat incisor. Calcif Tissue Int 66: 212-216.

Guo L, Davidson RM (1999) Extracellular Ca2+ increases cytosolic free Ca2+ in freshly isolated rat odontoblasts. J Bone Miner Res 14: 1357-66