The Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine (BSDM) Program, leading to the PhD degree, is located at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and is offered through the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University. BSDM was established in 2001 and is one of the programs of Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS).
The BSDM program combines faculty from the Department of Developmental Biology and other HSDM departments with faculty from basic science departments at Harvard Medical School, and faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge. The BSDM program offers advanced study in the molecular, supramolecular, cellular, and supracellular processes that provide the intellectual basis for dental medicine. The program offers training of research scientists in the following areas of research: neurobiology, bone biology, tooth development, stem cell biology, oral microbiology, autoimmunity, genetics related to craniofacial development, tumor biology, pain research, inflammation, and developmental biology.
The flexible, individualized program of courses taken by the BSDM students is ideal in light of the multi- and interdisciplinary training goal of the program. Students are required to take courses that are also taken by PhD students from other HILS programs and by dental specialty residents who are doing research in fulfillment of requirements for MMSc and DMSc degrees, which increases contacts and exchange of information among students working in a broad range of research areas.