Petersen is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Petersen is currently a fellow in the Manual Therapy Fellowship program at Regis University where her focus is evidence-based orthopaedic […]
The first line of research in the Schmidt Laboratory concerns the mechanism of cell division in eukaryotes. Using baker’s yeast as a model organism, Dr. Schmidt is currently examining the roles of two cytoskeletal proteins in the formation and function of a contractile ring at the cell division site. One of these proteins, tropomyosin, serves […]
The American Osteopathic Foundation recently honored Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., DMU’s dean of university research and biomedical graduate studies, with the $5,000 Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award. It recognizes outstanding excellence in osteopathic research mentorship, an essential part of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young practitioners.
Ryan first became interested in research during his undergraduate education at Simpson College. At Simpson he was involved in a study that followed the morphologic changes in artificially twinned sea urchin embryos. Following his undergraduate education, Ryan entered the then newly formed Masters Biomedical Sciences program at Des Moines University. While at DMU, he joined […]
Prior to attending Des Moines University, Shannon studied Psychology at Iowa State University where he was first introduced to research. Shannon’s interest in research began his junior year at ISU when he took a required neurobiology course for his major. “Most of my psychology courses at ISU focused on the psychosocial aspects of human behavior, […]
Jodi Cahalan’s, Ph.D. first foray into research was as the principle investigator on a Bureau of Health Professions physician assistant training grant entitled Health Education Programs for Rural Areas. Since that time, she has been involved in both quantitative and qualitative studies.Her dissertation was a qualitative study of women university presidents in dual-career families. Themes […]
The Journal of Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke is set to publish a paper by Ruan Neurology Clinic and Clinical Research Center physician, Michael R. K. Jacoby, MD and DMU professor Pat Finnerty, PhD who were joined by five DMU students (now residents from the East and West coast). This study investigated the availability of diagnostic […]
Vu first became involved in scientific research during his junior year, when he had the opportunity to join Dr. Dao’s lab in Drake University. Since the lab was interested immune-suppressed diseases, he focused on cloning, isolating, purifying and obtaining the 3-D structure of Ubiquitine Binding Protein #43 (UBP 43), a human immune suppressor. Following the experience […]
Drake University graduate Bao Vu recently won first prize of $100 in a poster competition at the 14th annual Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) meeting, hosted by Drake University. Read more at drake.edu.
Originally from Janesville, Iowa, Stacey Meardon received her bachelor of arts degree from Wartburg College and master of science degree in physical therapy from Washington University of St. Louis. Stacey is completing her doctor of philosophy from the department of kinesiology, with emphases in biomechanics and motor control from Iowa State University. A licensed physical […]
by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.
This past weekend was the annual tulip festival in Pella, Iowa! Pella is a short 45-minute drive from Des Moines and a visit to Tulip Time is a must-do for anybody who loves food, flowers and a bit of history (Pella is a Dutch town full of traditional Dutch architecture and traditions). Darcie, Lisa, and […]
Matthew Henry, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physiology & pharmacology at Des Moines University specializing in cellular pharmacology. Henry first became involved with research as an undergraduate at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. At that time he worked on a project aimed at understanding the effects of microgravity conditions on blood vessel formation during […]
guest post by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine When 14 DMU students, two faculty, two alumni and four others took a medical service trip to El Salvador in March, they took 30 quilts with them, thanks to the Crafting for Charity Club. The club was organized last year by DMU employees, all enthusiastic crafters […]
Roy H. Lidtke, D.P.M., CPed, FACFAOM, is clinical associate professor of podiatric medicine specializing in lower extremity biomechanics Lidtke started his research career here at Des Moines University after completing his residency. He started the Human Performance Lab as a joint research lab to study gait and motion. He was then recruited to start a gait […]
My research is in learning preferences and the needs and differences of solitary learners and social learners. It begins with Myers Briggs Type Indicator® preferences and expands to explore how to best assist health care students as they switch from social learning environments in their cohorts to individual learning environment while on rotations. Current projects […]
Patricia A. Buchanan, Ph.D., ATC, P.T., GCFT, is an associate professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program specializing in motor development. Her lifelong interests in sports, health, and the sciences have shaped her studies and professional experiences: from physical education, to athletic training, to physical therapy and beyond. While in her […]
by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine Some people enjoy winter, some hate it and others simply tolerate it. But on a recent frigid Friday night in Des Moines, a unique group not only enjoyed it, they literally leapt into it. First-year DMU students John Budi and Jayten Shook were among approximately 100 people who […]
Dr. Kathy Mercuris is an Associate Professor at Des Moines University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Research Projects Research Focus My primary research is on changes in balance and gait following a CVA (stroke). I have been investigating the relationship measurements of balance and gait as they are performed by therapists in the […]