John Mitchell, Ph.D.
Professor; Associate Dean for Dental Research
Dr. Mitchell earned his PhD from The Ohio State University in 1999, in the dual fields of Tissue Engineering & Implant Biomaterials Science. In 2001, he joined the Oregon Health & Science University as an Assistant Professor, holding appointments in Restorative Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Biomedical Engineering, and in the School of Medicine. Tenured as an Associate Professor in 2006, he became Professor and Director of Research in 2012. Dr. Mitchell joined Midwestern in 2013 as the Director of Dental Biomaterials Research, and was tenured and promoted to Assistant Dean for Research in 2016. He has been the advisor/mentor for over 150 student and resident researchers, many of whom have won awards. He helped establish the MWU Dental Student Research Group and serves as their Faculty Advisor. Dr. Mitchell was named as the SCADA National Faculty Research Advisor of the Year for 2011, and the AADR/NSRG Faculty Mentor of the year in 2017. He was named as an AADR Fellow in 2016. Mitchell has received research grants totaling nearly $5 million, a United States Patent in 2012, and has several other patents pending. Amongst other awards, Dr. Mitchell received the Sigma Xi Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award, the Oregon BioSciences Innovation Award, and the IADR/GSK Innovation in Oral Health Care Award. Formerly the Associate Editor for Journal of Dentistry, Dr. Mitchell routinely reviews articles for several journals and also grant submissions to the NIH. He has been the President, Secretary & Treasurer, and Councilor for the Implant Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research, served as an Executive Board member of the American Association for Dental Research, and is currently the President & Founding Member of the Arizona Section of the AADR.