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

Professor and Chair, Pediatric Dentistry
Director, DMD/PHD program.
Co-Director , Skeletal, Craniofacial and Oral Biology training grant
NPI Number:
Academic Office Location:
Pediatric Dentistry
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

DMDNational University of IranDentistry
M.Dent.Sc.Case Western Reserve UniveristyCraniofacial Biology
Ph.D.University of Connecticut Health CenterBiomedical Sciences

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyCase Western Reserve University ProgramPediatric Dentistry

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
UCHC Board of Directors Faculty Recognition AwardUCHC
IADR Distinguished Scientist Award for Craniofacial Biology ResearchIADR
Graduate Student Award, American Academy of Pediatric DentistryAAPD

My Labaratory is interested in the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate the formation of organs in embryos, their renewal and regeneration into adulthood.  Most of our studies are focused in initiation and morphogenesis of organs in craniofacial regions including mandible and teeth.

Currently we also study the origin, maintenance, proliferation and differentiation of adult stem cells using adult stem cells in dental pulp. 

Accepting Lab Rotation Students: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023

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. Characterization of adult dental pulp using various markers.

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

3. Signaling pathways involved in cell fate determination of dental pulp stem cells

Journal Articles


  • Varying PLA functionality and texture to influence osteoprogenitors.
    Lakhman R, O’Brien K, Kasi R, Weiss RA, Kuhn LT, Mina M, and Goldberg AJ. Academy of Dental Materials 2010 Oct;

Conference Papers