Developmental Biology

The Department of Developmental Biology encompasses the clinical specialties of pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as well as scientists focused on basic research. Members of the department teach and mentor orthodontics fellows, pediatric dental residents, students enrolled in the DMD program, MD and PhD candidates at Harvard Medical School, and undergraduate students at Harvard University.

Full-time clinical faculty practice dentistry in the Harvard Dental Center Faculty Group Practice, the Department of Dentistry at Children’s Hospital Boston, and at Massachusetts General Hospital; part-time clinical faculty maintain private dental practices.

Faculty members conduct research in early embryonic development; skeletal and vascular morphogenesis; biochemistry and molecular cell biology of skeletal and mineral homeostasis, regeneration, and repair; regulation of biomineralization; cellular immunology; perception of facial esthetics; and clinical orthodontics and pediatric dentistry.

This department also includes faculty at the affiliated Forsyth Institute.