Master’s (12 to 36 months) and Doctorate (24 to 48 months)

The program in oral biology covers four major areas: anatomy; histology and embryology; microbiology and immunology; and forensic odontology and deontology. All lead to a master’s or doctoral degree, with the exception of the major in forensic odontology and deontology, which only leads to a master’s degree. The program is open to individuals working in health and biological sciences with an undergraduate degree. The major in anatomy, because of the particular nature of the lines of research in this field, is open to graduates working in the exact sciences with a background in biology.
As long as students take the compulsory courses, they may, in agreement with their advisor, choose a range of courses that will best suit their individual needs.

Major Area: Anatomy
Lines of Research

  • 1. Kinesiological and morphofunctional behavior of muscular and skeletal systems
  • 2. Electromyography
  • 3. Studies of craniomandibular dysfunctions
  • 4. Biomechanics of the facial skeleton

Major Area: Histology and Embryology
Lines of Research

  • 1. Apoptosis and factors related to alterations in bone metabolism
  • 2. Histophysiology of the periodontium and dental eruption
  • 3. Odontogenesis
  • 4. Regenerative processes

Major Area: Microbiology and Immunology
Lines of Research

  • 1. Molecular genetic analysis of virulence factors in Streptococcus mutans genotypes
  • 2. Studies into cariogenic activity in Piracicaba and the surrounding region
  • 3. Identification of periodontopathogens in periodontal pockets
  • 4. Identification and characterization of oral yeasts
  • 5. Identification and characterization of Staphylococcus aureus
  • 6. Bacterial plaque

Major Area: Forensic Odontology and Deontology (Master’s)
Lines of Research

  • 1. Human identification
  • 2. DNA sequence identification
  • 3. Occupational dentistry
  • 4. Traumatology, postmortem dental analysis, thanatology and forensic toxicology as they relate to forensic odontology
  • 5. Ethics and dental legislation