Spotlight News and Updates

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

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

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

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

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 […]

— Seth Stevenson

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 […]

— Seth Stevenson