Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 774-4152
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: biomedical sciences
  • Research Fields: Oral Diseases, Microbiome, Inflammation, Innate Immunity, Adaptive Immunity, Cell Biology, Animal Models
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Immunology
  • Funding:DHHS - Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA - Health Resources & Services Administration, NIH - National Institutes of Health, UNLV - University of Nevada, Las Vegas


I have served on NIH study sections for over 35 years, with 6+ year term on the study section reviewing individual F & T grants and institutional T grants. I just competed a 6-year service as a permanent member of the ODCS study section for the NIH. I serve on The Forsyth Institute Scientific Advisory Committee over the last two 5-year cycles. I have or continue to serve on the External Advisory Committees for T90/R90 grants at The Forsyth Institute/Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the University of Minnesota, the Ohio State University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Maryland. At the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, I was the Co-PI of an NIDCR Dentist Scientist Award (1991-2000) to provide dual PhD and clinical specialty training. In addition, over the last 40 years I have mentored a large number of PhD graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, dental MS degree trainees and junior faculty in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and allied health sciences. Many of these trainees are now department chairs and even Deans at major universities across the country. Prior to relocating to UNLV, I served in multiple roles in the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (NCATS) over 10 years with contributions to the CCTS Executive Committee, Resource Utilization Committee, lectures in seminar series and for the training programs, mentoring junior dental faculty in CCTS programs, and on the Internal Advisory Board and KL2 review committees. Finally, I directed a Center for Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the NIGMS for 15 years with a focus on providing research training opportunities for junior faculty, post-doctoral and PhD students at Kentucky. Currently, I am a formal mentor for faculty with the AADOCR MIND program that is funded by the NIDCR.


Dr. Ebersole received a BA in Biology from Temple University and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Immunology at The Forsyth Institute and remained on the faculty at Forsyth and Harvard School of Dental Medicine until 1985. From 1985-2000 he was a Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Microbiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. From 2000-2017 he was the Alvin L. Morris Professor of Oral Health Research, Director of the Center for Oral Health Research and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Dentistry at the Univeristy of Kentucky. Since 2017 he has been a Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. In 1983 he received the IADR award for Basic Oral Science Research and in 2000 the IADR award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease. He served as the President of the American Association for Dental Research in 2011-2012. He directed a major COBRE grant from the NIH supporting the Center for the Biologic Basis of Oral/Systemic Diseases at the Univeristy of Kentucky. His CV contains over 300 publications, reviews and book chapters in the microbiology and immunology of oral diseases.
Dr. Ebersole’s laboratory focuses its research efforts on the immunobiology of oral infections. The research emphasizes in vitro, and in vivo studies of host-pathogen interactions using animal and human models of oral disease(s). The COBRE center supported research projects extending over a range of oral-systemic disease studies, including HIV, pregnancy, gestational diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as genetic and environmental challenges that increase the risk of these diseases. The lab was also a part of a major NIDCR effort to identify and validate the potential for point-of-care salivary biomarkers as diagnostic tools for oral and systemic diseases. Research in this area with engineers at Rice University/University of Texas/NYU focused on salivary biomarkers of oral and systemic diseases.