Posts by Seth Stevenson


Research spotlight: Edward Finnerty

Dr. Edward Finnerty has recently been appointed as the Director for OPTI (Osteopathic Post-Graduate Training Institute) Research. This will be a natural extension of his activities at DMU. Dr. Finnerty joined DMU in 1983 as a faculty member in the Department of Physiology/Pharmacology. Over the years, in addition to his teaching duties, he has been involved […]

— Seth Stevenson

M.B.S. students win research awards

Two students in DMU’s master of biomedical sciences (M.B.S.) degree program won research awards within two weeks of each other in January. Read this article from the Spring 2010 DMU Magazine  

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DMU at the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS)

Des Moines University was well represented at the recent Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) meeting April 16-17 at Graceland University in Lamoni, by a variety of faculty and students. The following presentations were made: INTEGRONS: ANOTHER MECHANISM BY WHICH SALMONELLA ACQUIRE MULTIPLE DRUG RESISTANCE by Daphne M. Fernandez, a student of Drs. Jeffery T. Gray […]

— Seth Stevenson

Thursday: earth day!!

Thursday is earth day so get outside, clean it up, plant something good & enjoy it! Here’s some earthy events: Valley Junction is hosting a full day of activities tomorrow, Sunday! On Thursday, there’s the YPC Trash Bash, beginning at 3 p.m. at Simon Estes Amphitheater. The DSM Botanical Center is offering free admission on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research student spotlight: Tyler Nielsen

I received my B.A. in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 2008. I am currently working with Dr. Brittingham and Dr. Wilson on the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in the trichomonads. We are specifically studying Trichomonas vaginalis which is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide. By happenstance we received T. tenax […]

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Student research spotlight: Julia Maynard

Julia Maynard first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Rockhurst University. Her interest in research began while taking a required genetics lab, where students had to set up experiments to determine the chromosomal loci of a specific trait. This interest was confirmed during her molecular biology class, where students worked with zebra […]

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Research spotlight: Jeffrey Means

J. Jeffrey Means, M.Div., Ph.D. is associate professor and chair of the behavioral medicine department. In addition to his role at the University, Means serves as the director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center where he also has a part-time psychotherapy practice. Means’s academic journey has taken […]

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Student research spotlight: Katie Welliver

Katie first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. During her sophomore year, she began conducting research in the dietetics field. She spent the majority of her research work looking at the nutritional effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the prevention of breast cancer. Following her undergraduate education, Katie […]

— Seth Stevenson

Student research spotlight: Crystal Filippelli

Crystal first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Drake University. Her sophomore year at Drake she began a summer internship at Des Moines University and worked with Dr. Strom on DNA microarray analysis of Runx1 and Runx2 overepressing cells. She continued research with Dr. Strom through the rest of her undergraduate education […]

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Research spotlight: Shannon Petersen

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 […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Martin Schmidt

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 […]

— Seth Stevenson

Bryan Larsen, Ph.D. Receives Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award.

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.

— Seth Stevenson

Student research spotlight: Ryan Laughlin

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 […]

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Student research spotlight: Shannon Egli

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, […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Jodi Cahalan

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 […]

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Student research spotlight: Bao Vu

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 […]

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Research spotlight: Stacey Meardon

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 […]

— Seth Stevenson