Oral Health Sciences PhD Program

30 Year Celebration Event

October 3-4, 2024

2024 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Oral Health Sciences PhD Program at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Designed to strengthen basic, translational, clinical research training the program continues to provide state-of-the-art PhD training which builds on the school’s strong reputation as an international leader in dental, oral and craniofacial research..

Since 1994, the PhD program has graduated 52 students who have progressed to careers in research, academic dentistry and leaders in craniofacial biology and oral health sciences throughout the world.

Please join us on October 3 and 4, 2024, as we mark this milestone in the school’s history of training research scientists.

More Information Coming Soon


Thursday, October 3, 2024 



6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Opening Mixer/Social Event

Sindecuse Museum 

Friday, October 4, 2024



8:45 - 10:00 AM

Opening and Keynote

Kellogg Auditorium


Dr. Yuji Mishina, OHS Program Director (Opening Remarks) 



Dr. Mike Solomon, Dean Rackham Graduate School (Opening Remarks)



Dr. Darnell Kaigler, alumni and current faculty (Keynote Address)
Kellogg Auditorium 


10:00 - 10:20 AM

Dr. Paul Krebsbach - Past/Present/Future of Training Programs in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences 

Kellog Auditorium

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Tour of the building to showcase Blue Renew Improvements and new research spaces.
In coordination with Development/Office of Research 


11:30 - 1:30 PM

Lunch and short talks from Program alumni
(Introduction and moderation by Dr. Will Giannobile)
Opportunity for attendees to share a snapshot of their post-program careers 


2:00 - 3:30 PM

Presentation of Day in the life footage/Moderated panel with current students and alumni.
Screening of ‘Day in the Life’ video of current students and their mentors Followed by a moderated panel of current mentors and students to discuss their experiences of the program. 

Kellogg Auditorium

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Remarks from Dr. Kaartinen

Kellogg Auditorium

4:00 - 4:15 (ish)

PM Closing Remarks from the Dean

Kellogg Auditorium

6:30 - 9:00 PM

Closing Reception/Networking Session



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