Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole

Associate Dean for Research, School of Dental Medicine
Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Expertise: Immunology, Immunobiology, Biomedical Sciences, Dental Education


Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole is an accomplished researcher who leads multiple studies focused on the immunobiology of oral infections, emphasizing in-vitro and in-vivo studies of host-pathogen interactions using animal and human models of oral disease(s). 

A professor of biomedical sciences and associate dean for research with UNLV's School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Ebersole also teaches microbiology and immunology to predoctoral students.  

He has published more than 300 publications, reviews, and book chapters about the microbiology and immunology of oral diseases, and directed a major Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the National Institute of Health for 13 years. 

Prior to joining UNLV, Dr. Ebersole 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. 


  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S. in Biology, Temple University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Immunology, The Forsyth Institute

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Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole In The News

September 2, 2021
Last June, NASA's SpaceX Dragon space rocket took off from Florida with, among other scientific experiments, 30 saliva samples that will be part of a dental experiment.
August 30, 2021
It is the first dental study to be performed in zero gravity, and sponsored by the National Laboratory of the International Space Station in the United States, in collaboration with NASA and Colgate Palmolive.
August 25, 2021
Dentistry has penetrated the atmosphere and has taken its first steps in outer space.
July 3, 2021
As the saying goes, the sky is the limit. This is true for scientists conducting the first oral health experiment in space to investigate the growth and response of oral bacteria to treatment agents in zero gravity.

Articles Featuring Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole

Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
A device created by UNLV Engineering researchers for a space experiment
Research | May 29, 2021
First-of-its-kind device developed by UNLV for International Space Station experiment will test microgravity and Earth differences in growth and treatment of oral bacteria.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
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Research | December 1, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, professor of biomedical sciences at UNLV School of Dental Medicine, explains how leading vaccine candidates differ at the cellular level and what it could mean for their effectiveness.