MSRP2018

The Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP) is a competitive program in which DMU students work alongside DMU faculty mentors on research projects in areas such as microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, public health, and physical therapy.

The majority of the program takes place over an eight-week period between Memorial Day and the end of July and includes additional learning opportunities such as research presentations from DMU faculty and a student symposium that includes a guest speaker as well as oral and poster presentations by MSRP program participants.

MSRP participants are paid $12.75 per hour and may work up to 40 hours per week during the summer, 20 hours per week during the school year, and up to 240 hours total during the program.

View faculty mentors and research topics or read recaps about previous years' programs. You can also check out our current program on social media.

Information for DMU Students

Information for DMU Students

DMU students must inquire with individual mentors about the option of applying to work with them. Mentors will have the application and it will be submitted to the Office of Research by them directly.

What types of questions are on the application?

The questions below are provided to help you prepare to approach a mentor or apply for the MSRP program:

For Des Moines University Students

  1. Why do you want to be involved in research at DMU?
  2. What do you hope to get out of doing research at DMU?
  3. How will your participation in MSRP benefit your academic and professional careers?
  4. What is your availability likely to be during the summer?

Application

Applications are now available. Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2021 at 8:00 am.  Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

DMU students must inquire with individual mentors about the option of applying to work with them. Mentors will have the application and it will be submitted to the Office of Research by them directly.

2021 MSRP Faculty

Anatomy

Behavioral Medicine

NamePositionAreas of Expertise

Biochemistry & Nutrition

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Elitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Des Moines University ResearchersElitsa Ananieva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition
Basic Science, Biochemistry, Cancer, Immunology
Maria Barnes, Des Moines University ResearchersMaria Barnes, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition
Basic Science, Cardiovascular, Female Health, Hypertension, Neuroscience, Obesity
Wayne Wilson, Des Moines University ResearchersWayne Wilson, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition
Basic Science, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Sexual Health

Microbiology & Immunology

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Andrew Brittingham, Des Moines University ResearchersAndrew Brittingham, Ph.D.Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Cell Biology, Sexual Health
YuJiang Fang, Des Moines University ResearchersYujiang Fang, M.D., Ph.D.Academic Pathologist and Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Cancer, Immunology
Marie Nguyen, Des Moines University ResearchersMarie Nguyen, Ph.D.Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Basic Science, Immunology

Physical Therapy

Physiology & Pharmacology

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Daniel Christian, Des Moines University ResearchersDaniel Christian, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Sarah Clayton, Des Moines University ResearchersSarah Clayton, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Integrative physiology, Neural control of cardiovascular function
Francesca Di Sole, Des Moines University ResearchersFrancesca Di Sole, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Pharmacology, Physiology
Noah MarcusNoah Marcus, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Autonomic Regulation, Cardiopulmonary Physiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Eric Wauson, Des Moines University ResearchersEric Wauson, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Heart Disease, Pharmacology, Physiology
Kim Tran, Des Moines University ResearchersKim Tran, M.D., Ph.D.Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Cardiovascular Disease, G Protein-Coupled Receptors, Pharmacology, Physiology, Signal Transduction
LiLian Juan, Des Moines UniversityLiLian Yuan, Ph.D.Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology
Behavior and Development, Genetics, Neurologic Diseases, Neuroscience

Podiatric Medicine & Surgery

NamePositionAreas of Expertise
Ashley Dikis, Des Moines University Foot and Ankle ClinicAshley Dikis, D.P.M., AACFASAssistant Professor, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Sean Grambart, Des Moines University Foot and Ankle ClinicSean Grambart, D.P.M., FACFASAssistant Professor, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Public Health

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