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The Department of Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is a major locus for basic science and translational research
at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is led by Dr. Paul Dechow, Professor and Chair.  Departmental faculty interests range widely within a central research focus on craniofacial biology. These research interests include regulation of feeding behavior, the role of dendritic cells in cancer, genetics of caries-causing bacteria, the genetics of tooth development, developmental biology of corneal epithelium, sutures, palate, and temporomandibular joint, mechanics of bone, and analysis of craniofacial growth in mutant and transgenic animal models. Exciting new areas of research include identifying the genes involved in the development of craniofacial structures, and tissue engineering and regeneration.

In addition to many well-outfitted individual laboratories, the Department houses a Core Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology and provides access to analytical tools such as confocal microscopy, laser capture, real-time PCR, and microCT.

Departmental faculty provide all basic science instruction to dental and dental hygiene students and to residents in postgraduate dental specialty programs, as well as graduate degree programs (MS, PhD) in Biomedical Sciences awarded through the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Mission & Goals

  • To provide superior education in  basic biomedical sciences to all students at Baylor College of Dentistry and to educate the next generation of dental and craniofacial scientists and academicians.
  • To develop and maintain outstanding basic and applied biomedical research programs.
  • To provide an environment, resources, and opportunities for all faculty appropriate for pursuit of their scholarly interests and goals, and thus to achieve their potential as academicians and research scientists.