Jonathan A. Garlick, DDS, PhD

Director, Science Communications; Professor; Director, Tufts Initiative in Civic Science
Tufts CTSI; Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Engineering

Dr. 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 an educator, Jonathan teaches and trains students and citizens to explore the impact of science in their lives as a bridge towards accountability and social action. He directs a national science education and civic engagement initiative (Tufts Initiative in Civic Science) that fosters inclusive, public dialogue about contentious science issues to build mutual understanding in the face of societal polarization.

Dr. Garlick’s Science Communication team teaches scientists and citizens to communicate in ways that center equity, add perspectives that have been missing from knowledge production and center 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, and was inducted into the Monticello High School Hall of Distinction for contributions to society.  He received a Tufts Distinction Award in 2017.