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Diek wisch

  • Dr. Thomas Diekwisch of the University of Illinois
  • Professor and Department Head
  • UIC College of Dentistry


    Dr. Thomas Diekwisch has just been appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas/TX. He will also be Director of the Center for Craniofacial Research and Diagnosis. Until 2014, Dr. Diekwisch served as a professor and head of the Department of Oral Biology, and the Allan G. Brodie Endowed Chair for Orthodontic Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Diekwisch's areas of research including topics ranging from craniofacial development to tissue engineering, epigenetics, enamel formation and evolution. In 2013, Dr. Thomas Diekwisch was the organizer of the centennial conference to celebrate 100 years of oral biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry: “A Legacy in Oral Biology”. Dr. Diekwisch is an alumnus of the Philipps-University of Marburg where he earned a DMD, a PhD in anatomy with summa cum laude and a PhD in philosophy with magna cum laude. Subsequently, he relocated to the United States, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in craniofacial biology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Diekwisch went on to pursue a career in teaching and research in the United States. He spent his first seven years at Baylor College of Dentistry, then 13 years at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and is now returning to Baylor in a new leadership position.

    Professional experience

    Professor and Department Head

    UIC College of Dentistry

    January 2001 - Present

    Assistant Professor

    Baylor College of Dentistry

    January 1991 - January 2001(10 years)



    Philipps-University Marburg

    January 1989 - January 1991(2 years)