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  • Jason Griggs, PhD

    Jason Griggs

    Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

    Professor & Chair, Department of Biomedical Materials Science

    Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation

    Phone : (601) 984-6170
    Fax : (601) 984-6087
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    • PhD Materials Science & Engineering - University of Florida, 1998  
    • MS Materials Science & Engineering - University of Florida, 1996  
    • BS Materials Science & Engineering - University of Florida, 1993

    Professional organizations

    • 1988-90 - Institute for Electronics & Electrical Engineering
    • 1992 - Present American Ceramic Society
    • 1994 - Present International Association for Dental Research
    • 1995 - Present Keramos
    • 1996 - Present Academy of Dental Materials
    • 1998 - Present American Dental Educators Association
    • 1999-2008 - Sigma Xi

    Teaching areas

    • Materials science
    • Ceramics for dentistry and medicine

    Research areas

    • Statistical design of fatigue experiments
    • Failure analysis
    • Mechanical properties of materials
    • Finite element computer modeling

    Biographical information

    Dr. Griggs conducted his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Florida in materials science & engineering under Dr. Ken Anusavice and Dr. Jack Mecholsky. He received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1998. He joined the faculty at Baylor College of Dentistry (Texas A&M) that same year as an Assistant Professor. During his appointment at Baylor, Dr. Griggs worked for and collaborated with Dr. Toru Okabe as he progressed to the rank of Professor and served as Graduate Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Department of Biomaterials Science.

    Dr. Griggs arrived at UMMC in 2007 to serve as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Materials Science because the founding department chair, Dr. Lyle Zardiackas, was retiring. In addition, Dr. Griggs began simultaneously serving as Associate Dean for Research in the School of Dentistry in 2008. He is a Fellow and former President of the Academy of Dental Materials.

    He is the Principal Investigator of two NIH R01 grants. He has reviewed grant applications as a member of NIH study sections (OBM, ODCS, and SBIR/STTR) and reviewed manuscripts as a member of the editorial boards for Dental Materials and the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. He has authored over 100 scientific articles and abstracts, two book chapters, and two patents. His main research interests lie in fatigue fracture of dental restorative materials and implants with emphasis on developing more efficient fatigue test methods.

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