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David Sweet O.C.

Director - Bureau of Legal Dentistry
Associate Dean of Students
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Rm: JBM 296A
Tel: 604-822-5747

Rm: TEF 3 - Rm 202
Tel: 604-822-8822
Fax: 604-822-8884

Research Areas:

Forensic DNA from teeth, bones and saliva; Human bite-mark forensic evidence; Use of dental characteristics in human identification

Teaching Areas:

Oral diagnosis; applied human anatomy; new patient clinical assessment

David Sweet O.C. graduated from UBC Dentistry (Doctor of Dental Medicine) in 1978. He maintained a private solo dental practice in Cranbrook, BC until 1984 when he was invited to return to UBC as a faculty member. Since 1987, David has been in charge of oral diagnosis in the undergraduate curriculum. He was appointed Associate Dean of Students in August 2011 in which his main roles include student advocacy and support.

In 1992 David was designated a certified specialist in forensic dentistry (DABFO) by the American Board of Forensic Odontology. In 1995 he graduated from the University of Granada, Spain with a PhD (cum laude) in medicine and forensic medicine. The focus of his doctoral thesis was the collection and analysis of forensic DNA evidence deposited on human skin during biting and kissing. Currently, as the Director of the BOLD Laboratory @ UBC Dentistry, David is continuing to pursue improved methods to apply basic sciences and modern forensic techniques to evidence from crime scenes to assist the justice system in North America. Her Excellency Governor General MichaŽlle Jean invested Dr. Sweet as an Officer of the Order of Canada in December 2008 for his work in forensic science as a teacher, researcher and consultant.




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