Three DMU researchers awarded an Iowa Science Foundation grant

July 2, 2012 —

Three Des Moines University researchers have received a $5,000 grant from the Iowa Science Foundation, the foundation arm of the Iowa Academy of Science. Marie Nguyen, Ph.D., Martin Schmidt, Ph.D., and Muhammad Spocter, Ph.D. all submitted proposals and were fully funded this summer for their projects.  

Dr. Nguyen is an assistant professor in the Microbiology and Immunology department. Her research focuses on the herpes simplex virus.  She has been with the University since 2007.

Dr. Schmidt has been at DMU since 2003. He currently serves as an associate professor in the Biochemistry and Nutrition department with a focus on examining the effects of a common broad-spectrum poison, boric acid, on the metabolism and cell biology of yeasts.

Dr. Spocter, an assistant professor in the Anatomy department who started at the University in 2011, focuses his research on investigating the neuroanatomical features underlying the behavioral repertoire of large brained, social animals.


When Mollie isn’t managing the research budget, Mentored Student Research Program, Friday Research Seminar Series, or any other happening in the DMU Office of Research you’ll find her enjoying time with her family. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Tim, and daughter, Kaydin, while exploring Des Moines and the surrounding area. She also enjoys reading, gardening, cooking and baking, blogging, photography, and frequenting the local Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, and local farmers’ markets. Mollie also has a personal interest in health and wellness and you’ll often find her in the DMU Wellness Center or researching the latest in nutrition science findings.