Dr. Sabine Girod has two distinct areas of research interest.

Virtual reality planning in reconstructive trauma surgery. The goal of this research is to develop a computational tool to plan interventions for reconstructive trauma surgery, as opposed to the traditional use of physical models. It is believed that these computational tools, which will be derived from computed tomography (CT) scans of an individual patient, will be more precise, faster, and more flexible than conventional techniques and allow the surgeon to access and simulate information remotely. Craniofacial morphogenesis.

Craniofacial morphogensis. In collaboration from Dr. Jill Helms, Dr. Girod is examining the molecular basis of maxillo-mandibular bone regeneration and oral mucosal changes in order to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating normal and abnormal craniofacial development.