Our Mission

The mission of the Marquette University School of Dentistry is excellence in education, research, and service, resulting in the provision of high-quality health care consistent with Marquette’s mission of service to others.  We are committed to expanding our research effort in our three key research themes.  We strive to recruit strong research orientated faculty, students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows to become engaged in our research mission.

Research Vision

The Marquette University School of Dentistry is recognized as a premiere academic oral health center and a leader in oral health care research.

An Investment in the Future of Dentistry

Clinical decision-making in dentistry relies on the continuous process of evidence-based dentistry driven by clinical outcomes research and the discovery of new knowledge driven by basic science research.  There is an increasing need for expanding and validating the current and future knowledge base of the dental profession.  The Marquette University School of Dentistry has a significant role in contributing to this knowledge base which will affect our learner’s clinical practice now and in the future.  In fact, research and its importance to the advancement of the knowledge base of dentistry represents an important aspect of the Dental School's mission and strategic plan, and dovetails with our continuing efforts to update our dental facilities and technology for our students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows.  Research is one of the four important themes found in our 2022-2027 strategic plan and therefore represents one of our measures of success.  

Our research metrics of scientific publications, presentations, extramural funding, and technology transfer productivity have continued to increase due to our faculty’s commitment to our research mission and enterprise.  I am also excited and encouraged by the many opportunities for the Dental School to contribute to the research mission of Marquette University and the profession of dental medicine.  I fully support and am committed to continuing to enhance the research efforts of the Marquette University School of Dentistry, which represents a tangible investment in the future of Dentistry.

Dean William K. Lobb, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H.
Marquette University School of Dentistry

Research Approach

The Marquette University School of Dentistry is committed to effectively advancing knowledge in dentistry through basic research, clinical trials, and other scholarly activities that are focused to maximize the use of resources and expertise both within the school and from external sources, and further, the school is committed to foster new scientific knowledge to professional practice by incorporating it into our patient care, predoctoral, post-graduate, and continuing education programs.

School of Dentistry Research Themes

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Clinical Oral Healthcare and Outcomes Research

The Marquette University School of Dentistry recognizes that evidence-based dentistry resulting from high quality clinical oral health care outcomes research informs dental clinical decision-making.  The continuous process of evidence-based dentistry driven by clinical outcomes research is our clinical research focus, and this unites our evidence-based clinical teaching.

Faculty working in this research theme:

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

It is estimated that 50-75% of a dentist’s time is spent with the biomaterials that they use for patient care. Biomaterials Research at the Marquette University School of Dentistry has focused on Characterization of Material Properties, Fabrication of new biomaterials, Characterization of the Host Response to Biomaterials (Biocompatibility), and Improving adhesion to tooth structure by modification of adhesive resins. Many of our clinical graduate programs also perform research on dental biomaterials used in endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and periodontics. The Dental School has Tissue Engineering research expertise which seeks to repair hard and soft tissue deficits using biomaterial scaffolds combined with cells or therapeutic agents.  As part of this research theme, the Dental School also has expertise in regenerative dental medicine and dental medical devices.  

Faculty working in this research theme:

Dental Public Health, Epidemiology, and Access to Care (Healthcare Disparities)

A longstanding research focus of the Marquette University Dental School has been in the areas of Dental Public Health and Access to Care (Health Disparities and Health Services Research). Our faculty have research expertise in epidemiology of oral diseases and dental health care services research.  This research theme also includes expertise in Evidence-Based Dental Outcomes Research, Oral Health Prevention and Health Promotion, as well as Biostatistics and data science in dentistry and public health. This research focus/ theme is consistent with Marquette University’s mission of service to others.

Faculty working in this research theme:

  • Tayebi Research Group
  • Tayebi Research Group
  • Dr Lobat Tayebi
  • Dr Lobat Tayebi
  • Dr Lobat Tayebi
  • Bedran-Russo Research Group
  • Bedran-Russo Research Group
  • Bedran-Russo Research Group
  • Bedran-Russo Research Group
  • Bedran-Russo Research Group
  • Bedran-Russo Research Group

Research News

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Dr. Lobat Tayebi has been awarded an FY23 Faculty Development Award.

Dr. Lobat Tayebi, Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Marquette University School of Dentistry has been awarded an FY23 Faculty Development Award to present a paper and chair a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research in Portland, Oregon during March 15-18, 2023.

Dental radiogaphers receive research funding.

Reagan Saxe and Jennifer Bjork, both clinical supervisors in general dental sciences receive research funding from the Office of the Provost - Project title: “Craniofacial Growth Prediction Using Machine Learning” (Read more).

Dr. Mariana Reis has been awarded a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health worth about $1,457,000.

Dr. Mariana Reis, a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Dentistry, has been awarded a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health worth about $1,457,000 to study the effect aging and periodontal disease has on oral health in living organisms (Read more).

Dr. Shivam Mehta has obtained research funding from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF).

Dr. Shivam Mehta, Clinical Assistant Professor of Developmental Sciences at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, has obtained research funding from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation (AAOF) for the Research Project entitled, “Orthodontic Diagnosis with Artificial Intelligence.” The one-year $20,000 award is through the Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award (OFDFA) program. This continues the Marquette University School of Dentistry’s success at receiving funding from the AAOF. Past Marquette University School of Dentistry fellowship award recipients have included: Dr. Dawei Liu, Dr. Bhoomika Ahuja, and Dr. Ghada Nimeri.

Dr. Christopher Okunseri has obtained new research funding from the NIH - National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Dr. Christopher Okunseri, Professor and Predoctoral Program Director for Public Health in the Department of Dental Clinical Services, has obtained new research funding from the NIH - National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) for the research project entitled, “No-Show Prevention Practices in Dental Care Settings Serving Underserved Populations.” Prof. Okunseri is the Marquette University Principal Investigator on this Multi-Investigator award. This award is a phased award – we have received notice that a milestone-driven planning phase (UG3) has been funded. The amount funded for the first year of the two-year phase 1 UG3 is $337,401. This phase of the project starts February 1, 2022. Based on successful achievement of the project milestones, transition to a clinical trial implementation phase of up to an additional five years (UH3) would result in a total award of $4.2 M awarded over all seven years. Funding is a vehicle to conduct research. (Read more)