Vanja Duric, Des Moines University Researchers

Vanja Duric, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology

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

Dr. Duric received a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth McCarson in the field of Pain Neurobiology (2000-2005). His predoctoral work focused on characterization of brain events that link chronic pain state and development of comorbid mood disorders such as the major depression. In 2006, Dr. Duric completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship in Neurophysiology with Dr. Randy Nudo at the KUMC studying brain stroke in squirrel monkeys. From 2007 through 2012, Dr. Duric completed a second postdoctoral fellowship in Molecular Psychiatry with Dr. Ronald Duman at the Yale University School of Medicine focusing on neurobiology of stress and mood disorders, including genetic analysis of human depressed brains. In 2012, Dr. Duric joined the faculty in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Des Moines University, where he currently utilizes a variety of biochemical, pharmacological and preclinical behavioral approaches to study neural mechanisms that underlie the development and treatment of depression as well as its comorbidity with other neurological and physical illnesses.

Postdoctoral training: Molecular Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, 2007-2012
Postdoctoral training: Neurophysiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, 2006
Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Kansas Medical Center, 2005
B.A., Biochemistry and Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2000

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