Marilyn Roberts, PhD


Dr. Roberts is a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Services in the School of Public Health. She earned her BS (1973), MS (1971) and PhD (1978) in Microbiology and Immunology, each at the University of Washington. She has been an investigator with the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities since its beginning. Her interests include the characterization and role antibiotic and mercury resistance genes in oral bacteria, microbial causes of dental caries and periodontal disease, the use of xylitol to reduce dental caries and the potential exposure of students and dental personnel to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus while working on dental patients.

Her recent research projects and publications include; “Xylitol pediatric topical oral syrup to prevent dental caries”; “Xylitol gummy bears snacks: a school-based randomized clinical trial” and “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA] from dental school surfaces and students.”

Contact Information:
Dr. Marilyn C. Roberts
Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington
FAX (206)543-3873