Oral Biology Track

The Oral Biology track is offered through the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science Department of Biology in collaboration with the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD). MCAT or DAT scores may be submitted in lieu of the GRE (when applying, leave the GRE section blank and upload the MCAT/DAT scores as supplemental information).

Students are awarded the Master’s in Biology degree on completion of 36 credits with an average of B (GPA=3.0) or better and a research paper. 24 of the credits must be completed in Biology courses or courses cross listed with Biology (BIOL-GA), while up to 12 credits can be completed in graduate courses offered through other departments such as the Department of Biomaterials. The qualifying paper (also called the Master’s thesis) can be written based on original laboratory research results (laboratory-based thesis) or an in-depth literature study of an area of oral biology (library-based thesis). The thesis is typically mentored by a faculty member at the NYUCD.

Highly recommended courses offered through the Department of Biology

Bio Core 1: Molecules and Cells - BIOL-GA 1001, 4 points. A survey of the major topics of up-to-date molecular and cellular biology, starting with molecular structure and function of proteins and polynucleic acids and ending with genetics, systematic, and genomics.

Bio Core 2: Genes, Systems, and Evolution - BIOL-GA 1002, 4 points. A survey of the major topics of modern biology, including genetics, genomics, systems biology, developmental genetics, cell biology, neurobiology, population genetics, and evolution.

Highly recommended courses offered through the College of Dentistry

Integrative Seminars in Oral Biology I: Oral Systemic Connection - BIOL-GA 2048, 3 points. Introduction to current topics in oral biology primarily focusing on the connection between oral disease and other systemic diseases and medical conditions. Topics include various aspects relating to etiology of dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral facial pain, and oral infections (oral biofilm, oral microbiome, HIV); metabolism of tobacco carcinogens by human oral tissue, squamous cell carcinomas, mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions; and correlations between oral bacterial pathogens and chronic systemic inflammatory diseases

Integrative Seminars in Oral Biology II: Bone Biology & Craniofacial Development - BIOL-GA 2049, 3 points. Introduction to the basic knowledge of skeletal and bone biology, molecular, cellular, and oral biology. Topics will cover both basic and clinical aspects of bone metabolism, skeletal biology, craniofacial development, bone and soft tissue remodeling, bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, and chronic systemic inflammatory disease and osteroporosis.

Directed Individual Research in Oral Biology - BIOL-GA 3350-3352, 1-4 points. This course provides the opportunity for students to work with a faculty member at the NYUCD on his/her current research project, including laboratory research or library research (readings, literature reviews).

Directed Individual Reading in Oral Biology - BIOL-GA 3340, 1 point.  This course provides the opportunity for students to work with a faculty member at the NYUCD on current literature reading.

Elective courses offered through the College of Dentistry

Biomaterials Tissue Interface I - BIOL-GA 2024, 3 points.
Biomaterials Tissue Interface II -
BIOL-GA 2021, 3 points.
Issues in Global Pediatric Oral Health - BIOL-GA 2520, 3 points.
Introduction to Biomaterials Research - BIOL-GA 2028, 2
Introduction to Electron Microscopy - BIOL-GA 2026, 3 points.
Host Response to Infection and Trauma - BIOL-GA 2027, 3 points. Suitable only for students with dental degrees.

Elective courses offered through the Department of Biology

Cell Biology, the nucleus and beyond - BIOL-GA 1051, 4 points.
Cornerstones of the Central Dogma - BIOL-GA 1022, 4 points.
Genomics and Global Public Health - BIOL-GA 2015, 4 points.
Systems Biology- BIOL-GA 1128, 4 points.
Advanced Immunology - BIOL-GA 1011, 4 points.
Environmental Health - BIOL-GA 1004, 4 points.
Toxicology - BIOL-GA 1006, 4 points.
Hot Topics in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
- BIOL-GA 1023, 4 points.
Special Topics in Physiology - BIOL-GA 1031, 4 points.
Protein Biochemistry - BIOL-GA 1045, 4 points.
Structure Function Relationships in Cellular Macromolecules -BIOL-GA 2017, 4 points.
Introduction to Biostatistics - BIOL-GA 2303, 4 points.


For the schedule of course offerings please see the registrar’s website. Note that approval from the Director is needed prior to registration for courses outside of Biology and the College of Dentistry (non BIOL-GA courses), and that at least 24 of the 36 required credits must be in BIOL-GA courses.

Director of the Master’s in Biology Program (all tracks): Christine Rushlow, Professor of Biology, NYU Arts and Science (212-998-8270; chris.rushlow@nyu.edu).

Oral Biology track Adviser:
Yihong Li, Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, NYU College of Dentistry (212-998-9607; yihong.li@nyu.edu).

College of Dentistry faculty research information:  http://dental.nyu.edu/academicprograms/masters-degree-programs/bio-oral-biology.html