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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

DMU narrows field to three finalists for university president

Des Moines, IA – Three finalists for Des Moines University president were announced to employees and students October 11. A search committee has been working to fill the role since the retirement of Governor Terry Branstad in October 2009. The committee announced the following candidates: Stephen Dengle, M.B.A., current interim president and COO of Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research student spotlight: Russell Hamilton

Russell first became interested in research during his undergraduate education at Mount Mercy University while in a biochemistry laboratory. Following his undergraduate education, Russell went to work doing research at the University of Iowa Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. While at the University of Iowa, Russell had the opportunity to participate in a broad range […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research student spotlight: Rachel Firkins

Rachel Firkins graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in neuroscience in 2009. She became interested in research when working as a student research assistant in Dr. Julia Moffitt’s lab at Des Moines University while still attending Drake. She spent her research time investigating the Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: April Newton

Newton is the director of clinical education and an instructor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. Her clinical practice primarily involves young adult to geriatric clientele in acute care and outpatient orthopedics. Her current research interests include clinical education, evidence-based practice and animal assisted therapy with the pediatric population. Current research […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research student spotlight: Christine Schaplowsky

Christine Schaplowsky first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the summer between her junior and senior years, Christine was accepted to the Research Associate Program sponsored by the Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Department in Minneapolis, MN. This program hosts students interested in a career […]

— Seth Stevenson