Graduate Program of the Dental Faculty
The Biomedical graduate program of the dental faculty is in charge of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of the faculty.
The goal of this program is to allow top students to enrich their scientific background, to contribute to the on-going dental research and dental related research in Israel and world wide. We envision those graduates as future leaders in dentistal and scientific world in Israel, in the academia, industry and as clinicians.
Over one hundred students are listed in our program. Every year about 25 new students enroll into the program (M.Sc. & Ph.D.). About one third of our students are either holding a D.M.D. degree or are currently D.M.D. students. The other two thirds are students we recruit from variety of scientific fields: school of pharmacy, school of medicine, biotechnology, biology, chemistry.
Topics of research:
The research topics of our students include: basic research, applied sciences and clinical research.
The main topics of research in our programs are: cell biology, gene therapy, stem cells, microbiology, immunology, tissue regeneration, pain, virology, developmental biology, and epigenomics.
Our program offers graduate studies for D.M.D. students, residences, dentists and students holding a bachelor degree in scientific studies as biology, chemistry, medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy.
The requirement to enroll into the program is an average bachelor grade of 82 in sciences of dental medicine or medicine. A scholarship is awarded to excellent students.
The quality of our student's research has reflected in the numerous national and international prizes: e.g.: national awards; Eshkol Fellowship, Rothschild Fellowship for young female scientists, Luxemburg Fellowship, Golda Meir Fellowship, Wolf Award for Ph.D. student. International awards; Lion Award, Colgate Award, John Gray Award.
Description of the studies:
The duration of the M.Sc. studies is about three years while the Ph.D. studies are about 6 years. A D.M.D. student enrolling into the M.Sc. program is required to take at least one year of absence from the clinical studies in order to concentrate on his/her research project. This period may increase up to three years if the student is continuing to a Ph.D. degree. At the end of the program the student will be holding a double degree (D.M.D. / Ph.D. or D.M.D. / M.Sc.).
The program offers many and diverse courses. The courses include oral lectures and seminars.
The MS.c. students are required to take courses of total 21 hours, non-dental students are requested to take 28 hours. Ph.D. students required to take 12 hours.
Each M.Sc. student is required to enroll into the program only after he / she has a research mentor and a research topic. During the first year the student has to submit a research proposal which is evaluated by reviewers. In the second year each student is required to present his/her mid term result as a poster in the Faculty Research Day (see below). The student, his research progress and his poster are evaluated by a reviewer. After two years the student has to submit a written thesis on which he is also tested orally by at least two reviewers.
The final grade of the M.Sc. student is composed of 40% of the average grade of the courses, 30% on the written thesis and 30% on the thesis defense.
The program has initiated four years ago by the biomedical medical graduate program: The "young seminar" are weekly meetings where the Ph.D. students present their scientific concept and findings to the faculty (students and staff). Two short 20 minutes lectures are presented in each meeting followed by a discussion. The seminars also act as informal interactions between the students and the instructors as light lunch is given before the lectures.
Faculty Research Day:
The faculty research day has been launched 13 year ago as an initiative of the biomedical graduate program.
The aim is to present the current research conducted in our faculty. All our MS.c., Ph.D. students, clinical students (1-6 year) residences, academic and clinical staff, nurses, laboratory assistances and administrative workers participate in this event.
Among the guests participants in our faculty research days were; General Director of Hadassah, Deputy General Director of Hadassah, the Rector of the Hebrew University, the President of the Hebrew University, Vice President of the Hebrew University, Vice Rector of the Hebrew University, heads of the technology transfer company of Hadassah (Hadassit) and of the Hebrew University (Yissum), heads of R&D of Hadassah and the Hebrew University, head of the Ph.D. office of the Hebrew University.
During the opening ceremony the graduate program awarded research prizes to our students who excel in their research.
During the research day our students (D.M.D., M.Sc. and Ph.D.), present their scientific work in a poster session (about 40-45 presentations in each faculty day). Six of our Ph.D. students are choosen to present their research work as short oral presentations (25 minutes each) in front of students and staff.
After lunch the mode of the research faculty day changes and turns into a more social event including games, competitions between the staff and students and between the students. This part is organized by the students.
Net profits of the faculty research day are geared into summer scholarship to our M.Sc. students.