MSE Seminar: “Materials Science Opportunities in Dentistry”


3:00 pm-4:00 pm
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Rhines Hall Room 125
549 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611



Materials Science is the largest area of research in dentistry and is an important portion of the curriculum in dental schools. Attendees will receive an overview of current topics in dentistry that need work from engineers. Data will be presented from projects using finite element modeling and artificial intelligence to optimize the design of medical implants.


Jason Griggs, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research
University of Mississippi School of Dentistry

Dr. Jason Griggs conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Florida in materials science & engineering under Dr. Jack Mecholsky and Dr. Ken Anusavice. He joined the Baylor College of Dentistry (Texas A&M) faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor. During his appointment at Baylor, he progressed to the rank of Professor and served as Graduate Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Department of Biomaterials Science. He arrived at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in 2007 to serve as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Materials Science. Dr. Griggs began serving as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dentistry in 2008.

He is a Fellow and former President of the Academy of Dental Materials. He currently serves as Convener of the ISO workgroup on dental ceramics. He is the 8th recipient of UMMC’s TEACH Prize (teacher-of-the-year for all seven schools on campus). He recently received the Wilmer Souder Award, recognizing excellence in dental materials research. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles, seven book chapters, and two patents.


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