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Mina Mina, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Orthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry and Advanced Education
Head, Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Director, Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology Graduate Program
Academic Office Location:
Craniofacial Sciences
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1610
Phone: 860-679-4081
Fax: 860-679-4078

Genetics & Developmental Biology Graduate Program

Skeletal Biology and Regeneration Graduate Program

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Post-Graduate Training
InternshipCase Western Reserve University ProgramPediatric Dentistry
One of the major interests of my laboratory has been to elucidate the mechanisms regulating mandibular outgrowth and morphogenesis with an emphasis on the roles of signaling factors secreted by mandibular epithelium. Currently we are focusing on the specific and interactive roles of two signaling pathways regulated by FGFs and BMPs in the morphogenesis of the developing mandible.

Second area of interest of my laboratory is signaling pathways regulating the initial stages of tooth formation. Currently we are focusing on the possibility of engineering tooth crowns. Towards this goal, experiments are in progress to examine the multiple differentiation potentials of dental pulp.

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Summer '15, Fall '15, Spring '16

Lab Rotation Projects

Students with new and innovative ideas about craniofacial and tooth development are more than welcome to participate in rotation project in the laboratory. In addition the students can participate in the ongoing projects in the lab.

The current research projects in the laboratory are:

1. Understanding the mechanisms regulating proper outgrowth and morphogenesis of mandibular processes.

2. Understanding the differentiation potentials of dental pulp and its application towards tissue engineering.

Journal Articles


  • Varying PLA functionality and texture to influence osteoprogenitors.
    R. Lakhman, K. O’Brien, R. Kasi, R.A. Weiss, L.T. Kuhn, M. Mina and A.J. Goldberg Academy of Dental Materials 2010 Jan;

Conference Papers