Dr. David CarlsonRegents Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Member of the GSBS Faculty
3302 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246
Phone: 214-828-8291
Fax: 214-874-4538
Email: dscarlson@tamhsc.edu

Education and Post-Graduate Training

Postdoctoral Training, Craniofacial Biology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1974-1978)

PhD, Physical Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (1974)

MA, Physical Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (1972)

BA, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (1970)

Career History

Administrative Positions

  • Vice President for Research, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University (2003-2014)
  • Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M Health Science Center (2003-2014)
  • Chief Research Compliance Officer, Texas A&M University System (2010-2012)
  • Interim Director, Institute of Biosciences & Technology, Texas A&M Health Science Center (2008-2011)
  • Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center (1999-2003)
  • Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center (1993-2003)
  • Director, Center for Craniofacial Research & Diagnosis, College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center (1996-2003)
  • Director, Graduate Program in Oral Health Sciences, The University of Michigan (1990-1993)

Faculty Positions

  • Regents Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center (1993-present)
  • Robert E. Gaylord Endowed Professor of Orthodontics, College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center (1995-2006)
  • Professor, Department of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry and Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, The University of Michigan (1988-1993)
  • Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth & Development, The University of Michigan (1988-2003)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry and Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, The University of Michigan (1983-1988)
  • Associate Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth & Development, The University of Michigan (1983-1988)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy & Developmental Biology, The University of Michigan (1978-1983)
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Human Growth & Development, The University of Michigan (1978-1983)
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Anatomy, Wayne State University (1974-1975)

Teaching Interests

Teaching responsibilities include Craniofacial Development and Growth, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Research Compliance.

In addition, Dr. Carlson lectures principally to dental and orthodontic programs and professional societies throughout the world on current advances in the developmental biology and growth of the craniofacial complex as this relates to the biological basis for the origin and treatment of dentofacial deformities.

Research Interests

Dr. Carlson has been actively engaged in basic, applied, and clinical research on normal and abnormal development and growth of the craniofacial complex for more than 40 years. His main areas of interest over the years include the following:

  • Effect of muscle function on craniofacial growth and treatment
  • Growth, function, and treatment of the temporomandibular joint
  • Development of concepts, theories, and paradigms related to craniofacial growth and form
  • Role of genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in normal craniofacial development and growth, as well as in the outcome of dentofacial treatment

Selected Grant Funding

  • Craniofacial Development, Growth and Function, NIH RCDA, 1977-1982
  • Adaptations to Changes in Masticatory Muscle Length, NIH R01, 1981-1985 (PI)
  • Effect of Surgical Intervention on Craniofacial Growth, NIH R01, 1982-1985 (PI)
  • Craniofacial Growth and Development, NIH P01 , 1984-1989 (PI)
  • Growth and Function of the Muscles of Mastication, NIH R01, 1984-1989 (PI)
  • Musculoskeletal Adaptation to Increased Midfacial Height, NIH R01, 1985-1989 (PI)
  • Growth Following Replacement of the Mandibular Condyle, NIH R01, 1991-1996 (PI)
  • Adaptation to Inherited and Acquired Craniofacial Disorders, NIH P20, 1997-1998 (PI)
  • BCD Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant, NIH R24, 2003-2004 (PI)
  • Regulation of Mandibular Condylar Cartilage, NIH R01, 2002-2007 (Co-I)
  • Research Infrastructure Enhancement Program. NIH U24, 2004-2006. (PI)
  • Craniofacial Biology Training Program. NIH T32, 1995-2002 (PI)
  • Short-term Training for Students in Health Professional Schools. NIH T35, 1999-2006 (PI)

Selected Publications

Development of Concepts & Theories of Craniofacial Growth: Biological Basis
for Dentofacial Treatment. An Anthology of Papers Published 1985-2014

Carlson, D.S. Craniofacial biology as "normal science." In: New Vistas in Orthodontics, L.E. Johnston, Jr. (Ed.), Lei and Febiger, St. Louis, pp. 12-37, 1985.

Hinton, R.J. and D.S. Carlson. Response of the rat mandibular joint to loss of incisal function. Acta Anat.,125:145-151, 1986.

Daniels, S., E.E. Ellis, and D.S. Carlson. Histologic analysis of the TMJ after replacement of the mandibular condyle with costochondral and sternoclavicular joint grafts in juvenile Macaca mulatta. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg.,45:675-682, 1987.

Carlson, D.S., E. Ellis and P.C. Dechow. Adaptation of the suprahyoid muscle complex to mandibular advancement surgery. Amer. J. Orthodont. Dentofac. Orthoped.,92:134-143, 1987.

Stohler, C.S., J.A. Ashton-Miller and D.S. Carlson. Pain modulated masticatory motor behavior in man. Arch. Oral Biol.,33:175-182, 1988.

Carlson, D.S. and E. Ellis. Maxillomandibular growth two years after mandibular advancement surgery with and without suprahyoid myotomy in juvenile Macaca mulatta. Amer. J. Orthodont. Dentofac. Orthoped.,94:491-502, 1988.

Carlson, D.S., E. Ellis III, P.C. Dechow, and P.A. Nemeth. Short-term stability and muscle adaptation after mandibular advancement surgery with and without suprahyoid myotomy in juvenile Macaca mulatta. Oral Surg., Oral Med., Oral Path., 68:135-149, 1989.

Easton, J.W. and D.S. Carlson. Adaptation of the lateral pterygoid and superficial masseter muscles to mandibular protrusion in the rat. Amer. J. Orthodont. Dentofac. Orthoped., 90:149-158, 1990.

Dechow, P.C. and D.S. Carlson. Occlusal force and craniofacial biomechanics during growth in rhesus monkeys. Amer. J. Phys. Anthrop., 83: 219-238, 1990.

Carlson, D.S. Growth of the temporomandibular joint. In:Temporomandibular Joint (2nd Edition), G.A. Zarb, G.E. Carlsson, B. Sessle, and N.D. Mohl (Eds.), Copenhagen: Munksgaard, pp. 128-158, 1994.

Sciote, J.J., A.M. Rowlerson, and D.S. Carlson. Myosin expression in the jaw closing muscles of the domestic cat and American opossum. Arch. Oral Biol. 40:405-413, 1995.

Dibbets, J.M.H. and D.S. Carlson. Implications of temporomandibular disorders for facial growth and orthodontic treatment. Seminars in Orthodontics, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: Facts and Fallacies 1 (4):258-272, 1995.

Dechow, P.C. and D.S. Carlson. Influence of function on mandibular development. In:Science and Practice of Occlusion, C. McNeil (Ed.). Quintessence Press. pp. 3-22, 1997.

Hinton, R.J. and D.S. Carlson. Effect of function on growth and remodeling of the temporomandibular joint. In:Science and Practice of Occlusion, C. McNeil (Ed.). Quintessence Press. pp. 95-110, 1997.

Hefer, T., H.Z. Jaochims, D.S. Carlson, and R.H. Finnell. Factors associated with the etiology of congenital craniofacial anomalies: An update Part I. J. Israeli Med. Assoc. 135: 209-213, 1998.

Hefer, T., H.Z. Jaochims, D.S. Carlson, and R.H. Finnell. Factors associated with the etiology of congenital craniofacial anomalies: An update Part II. J. Israeli Med. Assoc.135: 286-291, 1998.

Carlson, D.S. Growth modification: From molecules to mandibles. Growth Modification: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why. Craniofacial Growth Series, 35:17-65, 1999.

Carlson, D.S. Biological rationale for early treatment of dentofacial deformities. Amer. J. Orthodont. Dentofac. Orthoped.,121(6):554-558, 2002.

Fuentes, M.A., L.A. Opperman, L.L. Bellinger, D.S. Carlson, R.J. Hinton.  Regulation of cell proliferation in explant culture by insulin-like growth factor-1 and fibroblast growth factor-2. Archs. Oral Biol.,47:643-654, 2002.

Adab, K., J.R. Sayne,D.S. Carlson, and L.A. Opperman. Tgf-1, Tgf-2 and Msx2 expression is elevated during frontonasal suture morphogenesis and during postnatal facial growth. Orthod. Craniofacial Res.5: 227-237, 2002.

Fuentes, M.A., L.A. Opperman, P. Buschang, L.L. Bellinger, D.S. Carlson, and R.J. Hinton. Lateral functional shift of the mandible: Part I. Effects on condylar thickness and proliferation. Amer. J. Orthodont. Dentofac. Orthoped.,123(2);153-159, 2003.

Fuentes, M.A., L.A. Opperman, P. Buschang, L.L. Bellinger, D.S. Carlson, and R.J. Hinton. Lateral functional shift of the mandible: Part II. Effects on gene expression in condylar cartilage. Amer. J. Orthodont. Dentofac. Orthoped.,123(2), 160-166, 2003.

Ellis, E., E.D. Schneiderman, and D.S. Carlson. Growth of the mandible following replacement of the mandibular condyle: An experimental investigation in Macaca mulatta. J. Oral and Maxillofac. Surg.,60(12), 461-1470, 2002.

Adab, K., Sayne, J.R.,Carlson, D.S., Opperman, L. A. Nasal capsular cartilage is required for maintenance of patent transpalatal sutures during fetal rat facial morphogenesis. Differentiation71: 496-505, 2003.

Carlson, D.S. Theories of craniofacial growth in the postgenomic era. Control Mechanisms of Craniofacial Growth. Sem. in Ortho,114: 172-183, 2005.

Opperman, L.A., Gakunga, P.T.,Carlson, D.S., Genetic factors influencing morphogenesis and growth of sutures and synchondroses in the craniofacial complex. Control Mechanisms of Craniofacial Growth. Sem in Ortho,11(4):199-208; 2005.

Hinton, R.J.,Carlson, D.S. Regulation of growth in the mandibular condyle. Control Mechanisms of Craniofacial Growth. Sem in Ortho,11(4): 209-218, 2005.

Carlson, D.S. and P.H. Buschang. Craniofacial growth and development: Evidence-based perspectives. In: Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques, 5thEdition., L.W. Graber, R.L. Vanarsdall, K.W.L. Vig (Eds.). Elsevier/Mosby, pp.215-247, 2012.

Carlson D.S. Toward a new synthesis for craniofacial biology: A genomic-epigenomic basis for dentofacial orthopedic treatment. Craniofacial Growth Series, 50:193-247; 2014.

Edited Books

Carlson, D.S. and J.A. McNamara, Jr., Editors. Muscle Adaptation in the Craniofacial Region, Craniofacial Growth Series, Volume 8, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1978.

Carlson, D.S.,Editor,Craniofacial Biology, Craniofacial Growth Series, Volume 10, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1980.

McNamara, J.A., Jr., D.S. Carlson and K. Ribbens, Editors, Effect of Surgical Intervention on Craniofacial Growth, Craniofacial Growth Series, Volume 12, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1982.

Carlson, D.S.,  J.A. McNamara and K. Ribbens, Editors, Developmental Aspects of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, Craniofacial Growth Series, Volume 16, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1985.

Carlson, D.S. Introduction to Craniofacial Biology: Development, Growth & Adaptation of the Craniofacial Complex (Validation Edition 1), School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, 1985.

Carlson, D.S. and K.A. Ribbens, Editors, Craniofacial Growth During Adolescence, Craniofacial Growth Series, Volume 20, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1987.

Carlson, D.S., Editor,Orthodontics in an Aging Population, Craniofacial Growth Series 22, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1989.

Carlson, D.S., Editor, Craniofacial Growth Theory and Orthodontic Practice: Concordance and Conflict. Craniofacial Growth Series 23, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1990.

Hunter, S. and D.S. Carlson, Editors. Craniofacial Biology and Orthodontic Practice: Festschrift for Prof. Robert E. Moyers. Craniofacial Growth Series 24, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1992.

Carlson, D.S. and S. Goldstein, Editors. Bone Modeling and Remodeling in Orthodontic and Orthopedic Treatment, Craniofacial Growth Series 26, Center for Human Growth and Development, Ann Arbor, 1992.

Stohler, C.S. and D.S. Carlson, Editors. Biological and Psychological Aspects of Orofacial Pain, Craniofacial Growth Series 28, Center for Human Growth and Development.