Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Des Moines University Researchers

Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition

Additional Roles
Associate Professor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
Associate Professor, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program
Associate Professor, Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences Program

Areas of Expertise


Course Director (Content Coordinator)

  • 2019-present – Clinical Sciences III (Endocrine)
  • 2017-2020 PBL-Biochemistry Elective


  • 2017-present – Special Topics in Microbiology (MSBS degree)
    Area of expertise: Immunometabolism and T cell immunity
  • 2016-presentFrontiers in Cell Biology (MSBS degree)
    Area of expertise: Cell cycle and Cancer
  • 2016-presentClinical Sciences III (Endocrine) (DO degree) 
    Area of expertise: Biochemistry of thyroid, parathyroid, calcium metabolism, and vit D 
  • 2015-presentFoundational Sciences I (DO, MSBS, MSA degrees)
    Area of expertise: Protein and amino acid metabolism, heme metabolism, clinical biochemistry, free radicals and antioxidants, genome, DNA replication and mutations, RNA transcription, gene expression; protein translation and modifications; cell cycle and cancer; clinical cases SKIPPs
  • 2015-presentEndocrine, Physician Assistant (PA) program
    Area of expertise: Carbohydrate metabolism and endocrine dysfunction
  • 2015-presentMedical Physiology, PA program
    Area of expertise:  Carbohydrate, lipid, and amino acid metabolism; cancer; metabolic states and endocrine hormones


  •  2015-2020PBL in Biochemistry (DO, MSBS, MSA degrees)
  •  2016-present – Story circles, Behavior Medicine (DO degree)


Academic Service, Des Moines University

  • 2022-presentBiomedical Sciences Coordinating Committee (COM) (Second term)
  • 2021-presentResearch and Grants committee- University (Chair) (Second term)
  • 2021Reviewer panel of the Iowa Physiological Society (IPS)
  • 2019- presentIACUC committee (University)
  • 2019- 2020OMS2 NGBC Workgroup (COM)
  • 2019- 2020College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Strategic Action Team #3
  • 2019- 2020Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences(MSBS) Strategic Planning Team (COM)
  • 2018-presentDes Moines University Mock Residency interviewer (COM)
  • 2018-presentDMU Mock Admission interviewer for Health P.A.S.S. Program (University)
  • 2017-2020Research and Grants committee (Chair 2018-2020, first term)
  • 2017-2020Employee Campaign committee (University)
  • 2016-2018 – Community Engagement Council (University)
  • 2016 – Parental Leave Policy Committee (University)
  • 2015-present – Academic advisor (COM)
  • 2015-present – Des Moines University COM and MSBS Admission interviewer
  • 2014-present – MSBS Faculty member (COM)
  • 2014- present – M.S. Thesis Committees                              
  • 2015-2017 – Biomedical Sciences Coordinating Committee (COM) (First term)
  • 2014present – Reviewer of poster and oral presentations during DMU Research Symposium (University)

Professional Service

National Faculty, NBOME

  • 2018-presentCOMLEX I item writer, item reviewer, and item referencer
  • 2017-present – COMAT item writer and reviewer

Iowa Academy of Science

  • 2020 – Reviewer for the Iowa Science Foundation, the Journal of the academy, and the annual meetings
  • 2017-2020Recognition and Awards Committee member

American Society of Nutrition (ASN)

  • 2020-2021Past Chair of the Nutritional Immunology RIS group
  • 2019-2020Present Chair of the Nutritional Immunology RIS group
  • 2020Chair of Nutritional Immunology minisymposium, Nutrition 2020 (online)
  • 2019Chair of Nutritional Immunology minisymposium, Nutrition 2019, Baltimore, MD
  • 2019-2020Chair-elect of the Nutritional Immunology RIS group
  • 2018-presentAcademic Mentor during “Speed mentoring event” Nutrition 2018, 2019
  • 2017-2018Secretary of the Nutritional Immunology RIS group
  • 2018Reviewer during the Emerging Leaders Poster Competition, Nutrition 2018, Boston, MA
  • 2018Co-Chair of Nutritional Immunology minisymposium, Nutrition 2018, Boston, MA
  • 2017Co-Chair of Nutritional Immunology minisymposium, EB Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
  • 2017Reviewer, Emerging Leaders Poster Competition, EB Annual meeting, Chicago, IL
  • 2016-presentReviewer for Advances in Nutrition
  • 2013-presentAbstract Reviewer for the ASN Annual meetings (EB and Nutrition)

Community Service


  • 2016-2018 – Central Campus, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA
  • 2015-present – APEX, Waukee High Schools, Waukee, IA
  • 2015-2020Girls and Boys in Science Research Fairs at Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
  • 2014-2015 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, IA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Virginia Tech
M.Sc., Biotechnology, Sofia University (Bulgaria)

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