Dental Research Institute
Director : Jeong-Hwa Baek
Background, Purpose and History of Establishment
The objective of the Dental Research Institute are to develop new methods for disease prevention diagnosis, and treatment, through studies of theory and clinical application of dentistry, and to undertake researches concerned with the development of dental care in order to enhance the public health status of the omprovement of national oral health by screening imported medical instruments, dental biomaterials and drugs.
Research Departments
  • Biomaterials Research Section
    Research on evaluations, continuing developments, and applications of various biomaterials, including maxillofacial reparative and regenerative materials, their related biological factors, and biodynamics and bioelectronics
  • Oromaxillofacial Reconstruction Stem Cell Research Section
    Research on the reconstruction of oral maxillofacial tissue using embryonic and adult stem cells and the development of corresponding generic techniques
  • Hard Tissue Biology Research Section
    Research for a better understanding of bone remodeling, the genetic predisposition to maxillofacial deformities, and the development of efficient regeneration methods of hard tissues
  • Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering Research Section
    Research on tissue regeneration in the oral and maxillofacial area using adult stem cells via tissue engineering technology and genetic research on diverse congenital deformities and their treatments
  • Saliva and Biofilm Research Section
    Research on the saliva formation and secretion regulatory mechanisms, saliva proteins and artificial saliva, and on biofilm formation mechanisms and associated diseases
  • Research Support Section
    Provide support for each research team for efficient research activities
  • Other research Section
    Research on neuroscience, infection-immunity issues, new dental imaging technologies, and oral and maxillofacial tumors
Research Support Facilities
Researcher 102, senior Researcher3, Researcher10, Research Associate17, Research Assistant 77, Assistant Research Professor1, Visiting Researcher3, Postdoctoral fellow2
Research Support Facilities
  • Electron Microscopy Facility
    - Transmission electron microscopy (JEM-1200EX II)
    - Scanning electron microscopy (JSM-840A)
    - Field emission scanning electron microscope (s-4700)
  • Imaging Core Facility
    Confocal laser scanning microscope, Ca imgaing system, Micro CT, Laser Capture Microdissection
  • Molecular Biology Core Facility
    Real-time PCR < Gene transfer system, Gel-documentation system
  • Biomaterials Research Core Facility
    Non-Contact 3D scanning system, Contact 3D scanning system, Instron Rheometer, X-ray diffractometer system, 3D rapid prototyping machine
  • Isotope (radioactive Materials) Facility
    Soft X-ray, Desktop X-ray microtomograph, Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry
  • Animal Research Facility
    - Micromanipulation system, Microdissector
    - Piezo-driven microinjector, Automatic microinjector (Femtojet)
  • Experimental Animal Facility
    This high-technology facility of 726.420 square meters is capable of accommodating various laboratory animals such as SPF rodents and medium-large animals including rabbits and dogs. The facility enables the experiments using transgenic animals kept in a clean environment and surgical experiments done on laboratory animals. Specialized veterinarians and technicians for laboratory animals currently supporting a wide variety of preclinical experiments