Center for Research
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Center for Research consists of approximately 8,500-square-feet featuring a small dedicated animal facility, one large core lab, and five state-of-the-art molecular and cellular research labs. The Center for Research is led by Joseph W. Brewer, PhD, associate dean for research, and may be reached via email at LUCOMResearch@liberty.edu.
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Joseph Brewer, PhD, Associate Dean of Research
- Barb Lutz, Research Manager
- Greg Bennett, Director of Health and Environmental Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Nancy Richardson, PhD, Chemical Hygiene Officer, Office (email@example.com)
- Tommy Mason, Grants Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
LUCOM-Center for Research hosts the Biomedical Frontiers Seminar Series (BFSS) all-year long, on a Wednesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. Presentations are held in the Blue Auditorium (#1014) at the Center for Medical and Health Sciences (CMHS).
Each invited speaker offers presentations on many diverse forms of research including, but not limited to, molecular and cellular biology, physiology, microbiology and infectious diseases, health care approach and policies, etc.
See below for the 2018-2019 schedule and presenters:
Sept. 12 at 12 p.m.
Brian Walsh, PhD, RRT, FAARC
Professor and Director of Respiratory Therapy
Liberty University School of Health Sciences
Oct. 10 at 12 p.m.
Peter Lobo, MD
Professor of Internal Medicine, Nephrology Division
University of Virginia
Nov. 14 at 12 p.m.
Phillip Gerk, PharmD, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutics
Virginia Commonwealth University, MCV campus
Dec. 12 at 12 p.m.
David Whitcomb, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology & Physiology, Human Genetics
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
Jan. 9 at 12 p.m.
Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD, FAAO
Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Feb. 13 at 12 p.m.
John, Kopchick, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar Edison Biotechnology Institute,
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
HCOM Ohio University
March 13 at 12 p.m.
Stephanie DeLuca, PhD
Director, VTCRI Neuromotor Research Clinic
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carillion School of Medicine
April 10 at 12 p.m.
Jonathan Kipnis, PhD
Harrison Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience
Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG)
University of Virginia
The Summer Research Elective provides student-doctors with hands-on experience in the process and practice of biomedical research.
Student-doctors engage in a mentored research project in which they participate in hypothesis development, design and perform experiments, collect and interpret data, draw conclusions, and present their findings to peers and colleagues. Student-doctors gain experience in properly using biostatistics, reading and critiquing primary research literature, scientific writing, and maintaining a safe laboratory environment.
In addition, student-doctors gain an understanding of key elements of the research enterprise, including manuscript preparation, grant development, and the regulations that govern the inclusion of animal models and human subjects in research projects. Throughout the elective, scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research are emphasized.
Student Grant Program
Laboratory Volunteer Program
The beginning programs for the Center for Research include:
- Gastrointestinal physiology led by Anthony J.M. Bauer, PhD
- Human proviral gene expression led by Yinnguang Liu, PhD
- Immunological mechanisms led by Joseph W. Brewer, PhD
- Renal pathophysiology led by Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
- Reproductive physiology led by R. James Swanson, PhD