Research

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate students who are not enrolled in the College of Dentistry may participate in dental research through the following available research opportunities. University credit is available only to undergraduate students at Ohio State and is subject to the regulations of your individual program.

If you find that any of the research projects described below aligns well with your personal interests, please contact the respective faculty research advisor directly for more information.

Division of Biosciences

  • Faculty research advisor: Sudha Agarwal, PhD, agarwal.61@osu.edu

    Biomechanical Forces and Tissue Engineering on Bone and Cartilage
    Positions available: payment, volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing for at least two semesters
    Project description: We are studying how application of biomechanical forces such as those generated during exercise or similar therapies act on cells to prevent cartilage and bone degradation in arthritic diseases. Depending on the experience the students will be involved in preparing media, running gels, learning histological and immunochemical techniques to examine protein expression in tissues subjected to biomechanical forces.

  • Faculty research advisor: Gene Leys, PhD, leys.1@osu.edu

    The Microbiology of Oral Infections
    Positions available: payment, volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: We use a molecular approach to understand the complex microbial composition in oral health and disease.

  • Faculty research advisor: Ning Quan, PhD, quan.14@osu.edu

    Neuroimmunology
    Positions available: volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: The effects of inflammatory mediators on neuron degeneration in the brain.

  • Faculty research advisor: Peter J. Reiser, PhD, reiser.17@osu.edu

    Comparative Muscle Biology
    Positions available: payment, volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: This laboratory is focused on studying skeletal and cardiac muscle from a broad variety of species. We examine protein expression patterns and contractile properties of single, isolated muscle fibers and correlate their physiological and biochemical characteristics. We are contributing to a better understanding of the molecular and cellular specializations that underlie the remarkable diversity in muscle functions among vertebrates.

  • Faculty research advisor: John F. Sheridan, PhD, sheridan.1@osu.edu

    Neuroendocrine Regulation of Host Immunity
    Positions available: payment, volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: Viral immunology, regulation of T cell responses during viral infection, cytokine and chemokine gene expression during infection (influenza, herpes simplex and coxsackie viruses). Neuroendocrine-immune interactions; stress-induced modulation of anti-viral immune responses and viral pathogenesis. Aging and the immune response to viral infection. Aging and gene expression during wound healing. Patterns and kinetics of gene expression for cytokines, chemokines and growth factors during cutaneous wound healing.

  • Faculty research advisor: Joseph B. Travers, travers.1@osu.edu

    Neurobiology of Taste and Feeding Behavior
    Positions available: credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: Opportunities in wide range of techniques including: behavioral observation, small animal surgery, neurohistology, neurophysiology.

  • Faculty research advisor: Susan P. Travers, PhD, travers.3@osu.edu

    Studies of the Central Neural Processing of Taste
    Positions available: volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: Neurophysiological studies of oral sensation using single-unit recording techniques; receptive field organization of gustatory neurons; gustatory/oral somatosensory interactions; afferent/efferent relationships in the gustatory system using combined neurophysiological and anatomical techniques and antidromic stimulation; behavioral studies of gustatory function.

Division of Periodontics

  • Faculty research advisor: Purnima Kumar, MDS, PhD, kumar.83@osu.edu

    Periodontal Microbiology Research
    Positions available: volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: Use of molecular biology, bioinformatics and clinical epidemiology to study the microbiology of periodontal health and disease.

  • Faculty research advisor: Angelo Mariotti, DD.S, PhD, mariotti.3@osu.edu

    Periodontal Research
    Positions available: volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: Effects of sex steroid hormones and growth factors on the periodontium and sex accessory tissues.

Division of General Practice and Materials Science

  • Faculty research advisor: Scott Schricker, PhD, schricker.1@osu.edu

    Dental Biomaterials
    Positions available: payment, volunteer or credit
    Semesters available: continuing
    Project description: Our lab is involved in synthetic polymer chemistry to develop new dental materials and biomaterials. We have ongoing projects to apply new polymer chemistry methodologies to improving dental restoratives and adhesives. Our other interest is in designing well defined polymeric materials to understand the fundamental interactions between materials and living tissue.

Please contact Dr. Scott Schricker, Director of Student Research, at schricker.1@osu.edu for advice or clarification.