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Jonathan Garlick, DDS, PhD

Professor and Director, Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering, Tufts Medical School

Professor, Department of Developmental, Molecular, and Chemical Biology, Tufts Medical School

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

JONATHAN GARLICK’s research expertise is in stem cell biology, wound repair, and human tissue engineering. His pioneering work using stem cells to grow oral soft tissues and skin has developed new therapeutic approaches for oral health, cancer, wound healing and complications of diabetes. He has established the Center for Integrated Tissue Engineering at Tufts to accelerate the discovery and clinical application of new drugs using 3D tissues.


A professor and director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Garlick is also Professor in the Department of Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine; the Department of Biomedical Engineering; the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; and is a 2013 Talloires Scholar in Residence.


Professor Garlick teaches both Tufts Dental students and undergraduates explore the impact of human health and science in their professional and personal lives as a means of fostering literacy in science and health for active citizenship. He is leading an initiative in Civic Science with Tuft’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service to link the potential of science to civic capacities in ways that can revitalize the democratic purposes of science for the public good.

Professor Garlick received his D.D.S. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and his Oral Pathology training from Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He has authored more than 100 articles and book chapters and served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) review panels. Professor Garlick was awarded Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and the President and Chancellor’s Award, the State University of New York’s highest teaching honor.  He was recently inducted into Monticello High School’s Hall of Distinction.


1972 - 1976

Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel


1981 - 1985

SUNY at Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY


1988 - 1993

SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.

Ph.D. (Oral Biology and Pathology)

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