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 Institue 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. 
Dr. Ebersole earned his bachelor’s in biology from Temple University, his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Immunology at The Forsyth Institute.


  • 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

Pissed Consumer
December 23, 2020
This year, we’ve faced COVID-19, a new deadly virus that has changed our lives and brought up many new challenges like lockdowns, social distancing, and mask-wearing. To cope with the ongoing pandemic, scientists all over the world are competing to develop the COVID-19 vaccine that will be safe and effective.
December 21, 2020
As more people wait to get a coronavirus vaccination, others are more skeptical of how it works, and if it works. To talk a little more about the biological aspects of the vaccine, KCBS Radio anchor Dan Mitchinson spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Pissed Consumer
December 18, 2020
PissedConsumer interviewed Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole, an immunologist at UNLV, to seek scientific explanation and answers to top COVID-19 vaccine questions: Are these COVID vaccines safe? Moderna VS. Pfizer: which is better? Why speed up vaccination? What are the side effects?
Nevada News Group
December 17, 2020
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will make recommendations at a hearing on Thursday regarding the approval of one of the two leading vaccines for COVID-19, but in addition to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness concerns, experts in Nevada are faced with determining how they will get approved doses to the people who need them.

Articles Featuring Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole

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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.
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People | January 22, 2018
This new associate dean for research at the School of Dental Medicine knows how to milk a mouse. Do you?