Research News and Updates

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., named interim vice president of research

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named DMU’s interim vice president of research. In this role, he oversees the Research Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs and all DMU research compliance activities. Gray, a microbiologist whose research focuses on severe bacterial infections and multiple drug-resistant organisms, served on the DMU faculty from 1995 […]

— 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 […]

— Seth Stevenson

Michael & Sheila’s Nepali adventures

Namaste! I’m writing this post after just having spoken to my wife from the other side of the world, in Kathmandu, Nepal. On February 21, DMU posted on Facebook about the Global Health program, and how students have the ability to choose rotations in an international setting. I won’t go into that because I don’t […]

— Michael Drnec

Friday recipe: gluten-free blueberry clafoutis

A few weeks ago, Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic gave a campus presentation on gluten-free diets. She talked about how gluten intolerance runs the whole range from sensitivity to severe, known as Celiac disease. The symptoms can range from pain to bowel, thyroid or reproductive issues. I found it personally very intriguing because […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Won’t you be ours?

Happy valentine’s day, lovely readers! On this day of warm fuzzies and mushiness, let us be clear in how much we appreciate you all. Whether you are a student, staff member, grad, patient or friend of the University, we are thankful to have you in the DMU family! Now remember to spend some time with […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research student spotlight: Mike Stencel

Mike graduated from Millikin University in 2009 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry.  He first became interested in research after spending a summer at the University of Chicago, where he participated in research that was focused on understanding the role of connexins and intercellular communication.  Following the completion of his undergraduate […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Tim Steele

Tim Steele, Ph.D. is professor and chair of the department of microbiology and immunology. He has been on faculty at Des Moines University since 1999. His areas of research focus include tumor immunology and tumor immunotherapy. Aggressive natural killer (NK) cell leukemias are devastating diseases which are nearly always fatal within weeks or, at best, […]

— Seth Stevenson

Interested in research?

DMU has a very cool program for undergrad students interested in research &/or a future career in health or medicine. An eight-week program in June & July, the mentored research program gives students one-on-one experience with our awesome research faculty in microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry and physical therapy. It’s a 40-hour a week project but […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Rachel Reimer

Dr. Rachel Reimer is an assistant professor in the masters of public health program at Des Moines University. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology at Iowa State University in 2009. Her research is focused on the social psychology of health decisions. She is particularly interested in the social, cultural, and environmental factors that affect people’s […]

— Seth Stevenson

Connected?

How many ways are you connected to DMU? We’d love for you to check out our Facebook page, watch our YouTube vids & follow us on Twitter. Another other cool thing to check out – our campus tour in photos.

— Courtney Tompkins

The ulna is connected to the…

This is a sweet new Google tool that could be pretty handy for our incoming pre-med students, or really anyone interested in health. (You may need to download the new beta version of Google’s Chrome browser to make it work.) You can choose to view just the nervous system or skeletal system, view several systems […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Holiday hours

Don’t forget: the University is closed Dec. 23-26 but will re-open Dec. 27. It will then be closed again Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The halls get pretty quiet around here on those days in between so we’ll probably cya all in January!

— Courtney Tompkins

Research in translation

The biggest strength DMU brings to the translational table – open-minded scientists, clinicians, health care professionals, collaborators and students with a shared passion for serving patients through discovery and its application. Read this article from the Fall/Winter 2010 DMU Magazine  

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Kim Tran

Kim Tran, M.D., Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the physiology and pharmacology department. His laboratory is interested in various aspects of cardiovascular biology and pathology, in particular the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for vascular inflammation and dysregulation of vascular tone, conditions that are associated with the development of atherosclerosis, hypertension and many other cardiovascular […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Ann York

Ann M. York, Ph.D., is an associate professor with the Master of Health Care Administration program in the College of Health Sciences with research interests in evidence-based medicine in particular and qualitative research in general. Dr. York’s journey to research took a circuitous path, but her goal was always to become a university professor. She […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Cal Hisley

Dr. Cal Hisley came to DMU in the 2007 fall semester to teach gross anatomy and neuroanatomy and augment the current curriculum with medical imaging-related training electives. His primary contributions to DMU are 1) the development and communication of digital knowledge engineering methods and projects related to medical education, and 2) his introduction of rigorous […]

— Seth Stevenson

Summer research

Our students work both in and out of the classroom to become the best doctors they can be. Kyra Hammonds, a second-year doctor of podiatric medicine student, shares her experience doing research at Des Moines University: The DMU Summer Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to explore their talents in the research world. […]

— Andrea Cooley