Jonathan A. Garlick, DDS, PhD

Director, Science Communications; Professor; Director
Tufts CTSI; Tufts University; Tufts Initiative in Civic Science and Dialogue Center

Dr. Jonathan Garlick’s NIH-funded research laboratory has pioneered the use of stem cells for tissue engineering to develop new treatments for oral health, cancer, scleroderma, and complications of diabetes.  As a cancer care clinician and pathologist, his lab develops 3D tissue models of human disease as a platform for drug discovery. He directs a national science education and civic engagement initiative (Tufts Initiative in Civic Science), which supports researchers and health professionals at all career stages with skills and sensibilities needed to make research and healthcare more inclusive, diverse, collective and worthy of public trust.  He leads the Dialogue Center at Tufts Initiative in Civic Science that creates community-centered dialogues that support open-minded discourse on health-related topics. As an educator, Dr. Garlick teaches Civic Science courses where undergraduate students can explore the impact of science in their lives as a bridge towards accountability and social action.

As Director of Science Communications at Tufts CTSI, Dr. Garlick and his team work to build relationships of trustworthiness between researchers and community members so they can build diverse teams of problem solvers.  They train scientists and citizens in Inclusive Science Communication practices that center equity and the lived experience of historically-disadvantaged individuals.

Dr. Garlick received his DDS and PhD from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine and his Oral Pathology training from Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Tel Aviv University. He has been awarded Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, the President and Chancellor’s Award, the State University of New York’s highest teaching honor.