Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

The goal of this program is to strengthen a robust and diverse biomedical research workforce committed to improving dental, oral, and craniofacial health.

Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences

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We are currently not accepting applicants for the T32 Training Grant Program.

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This program provides exceptional training and significant financial support at a variety of career levels to those dedicated to becoming the next generation of academicians and clinician scientists. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-awarded training grant (T32) entitled “Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC)” makes all of this possible. The CTOC program T32 is funded through the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/NIH and the College of Dentistry. 

Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in outstanding research in a variety of areas, including:

  • Inflammation/Immunity
  • Microbial Pathogenesis / Inflammation
  • Cancer Biology/Wound Healing
  • Chemical Senses
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Dental Materials / Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Hard Tissue
  • Molecular Genetics

                  …and more!

We have three participating graduate programs (Oral Biology PhD, Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences) and a faculty mentor network of 29 participants who hold appointments throughout. See our full CTOC faculty mentor list for more exciting research opportunities!

For further information, email [email protected].

CTOC Support


All trainees have access to a wide array of University and College resources. We have a faculty network of 29 mentors who hold appointments in the College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, and College of Veterinary Medicine. Our faculty mentors have a rich training history and are leaders in their fields and within the University.


All trainees are provided a stipend, a travel allowance to attend a national scientific meeting each year, full tuition and general fees (individual fees not covered), a health insurance subsidy of 85%, and a set amount of funds available to purchase research related equipment, items, and supplies.


We have a network of current and former trainees of over 50 individuals. All of our trainees, current and former, are here to help you succeed! If you have questions about future career choices or possible paths, we have a sizable pool of people to contact who have been where you are and have forged a path to a successful career in academia, research (in a variety of settings –academic, clinical, government, industry), research administration, and some that have chosen a combination of private practice and one of the aforementioned careers.  

Full-time Staff

Our program has a designated staff member who is available to you at any time throughout the work day to help you navigate the inevitable bumps along the way.

Dental Emergency Care Clinic

7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Student Dental Clinics

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Ohio State Dental Faculty Practice

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Upper Arlington Dental Clinic

7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.