• Close-knit Professional Community
  • Award Winning Faculty
  • Curricular Emphasis on the connection between Clinical Care and Biomedical Research
  • Outstanding Biomedical Research Opportunities
  • Nationally Recognized (award winning) Students
  • Outstanding Biomedical Research Opportunities
  • Outstanding preparation for entering advanced graduate programs and/or expanded career opportunities in dentistry in academia, the military, private practice, or industry.


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Regina Messer, PhD
(706) 721-2991




The Master of Science in Oral Biology is a thesis-based program comprised of 36 credit hours of courses, which can be completed in a minimum of five semesters. Faculty embrace an interdisciplinary approach, promoting research training that emphasizes integrative methodologies. Thus, research studies in multiple aspects of molecular and cellular biology and biomaterials, using both in vitro and in vivo models, are possible. The strong connection between the biomedical sciences and clinical care is emphasized in every course. Teaching students in this manner allows faculty to engage and inspire them to discover new scientific findings that may improve patient care, as well as emphasizing the need for life-long learning.


Faculty members are active in several national and international organizations including the International Association for Dental Research, the American Association for Dental Research, the American Dental Education Association, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the International Academy of Oral Oncology, as well as the National Institutes of Health, where they serve on committees and review groups. Several faculty members also serve on the editorial boards or as reviewers for major scientific journals. These associations demonstrate excellence, integrity, and leadership of our faculty. These attributes are also expected and demonstrated by our students, evident by a high success rate in securing presentations at national meetings and winning national awards related to their research. 

Student Profile| Nicole Widjaja

Nicole Widjaja

"I may not have been born in Georgia, but it has been my home for the past 19 years. If anything, I wanted to stay in-state and AU was the obvious choice for my decision. Not only was it local, but it is also the home of the only dental school in Georgia. It was my hope to be able to work in a program that is closely associated with the dental school and also be able to interact with the students/faculty to understand the rigors of the program.” - Nicole Widjaja
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