LUCOM student-doctors research project on the brain and body.

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

Events: Biomedical Frontiers Seminar Series
Events: Summer Research Elective


Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Liberty University


Biomedical Frontiers Seminar Series

LUCOM-Center for Research hosts the Biomedical Frontiers Seminar Series (BFSS) all-year long, each third-Thursday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Presentations are held in classroom #1047 or 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, cellular, health care approach and policies, etc.

See below for the 2017-2018 schedule and presenters: 

Sept. 14 at 12-1 p.m.
John R. Perfect, MD
James B. Duke Professor of Medicine
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Duke University School of Medicine

Oct. 12 at 12-1 p.m.
Paul R. Standley, PhD
Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs & Program Evaluation
Professor of Basic Medical Sciences and Physiology
University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix

Nov. 16 at 12-1 p.m.
Karen T. Snider DO, FAAO
Professor and Assistant Dean for Osteopathic Principles and Practice Integration
Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, ATSU-KCOM

Jan. 11 at 12-1 p.m.
Gregory Raner, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Liberty University

Feb. 8 at 12-1 p.m.
Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD
Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral & Moral Theology
Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School
Co-Director, Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative, Duke Divinity School

Mar. 8 at 12-1 p.m.
Pei Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Liberty University

Apr. 30 at 12-1 p.m.
Warren K. Bickel, PhD
Inaugural Holder, Virginia Tech Carilion Behavioral Health Research Professorship
Director, Addiction Recovery Research Center
Co-Director, Center for Transformative Research on Health Behaviors
Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Summer Research Elective

LUCOM student-doctors in the Center for Research.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 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.



Intramural Grants 

Extramural Grants

Student Grant Program


Laboratory Volunteer Program


The beginning programs for the Center for Research include:

  1. Cardiac physiology led by Kenneth J. Dormer, PhD
  2. Gastrointestinal physiology led by Anthony J.M. Bauer, PhD
  3. Human proviral gene expression led by Yinnguang Liu, PhD
  4. Immunological mechanisms led by Joseph W. Brewer, PhD
  5. Renal pathophysiology led by Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
  6. Reproductive physiology led by R. James Swanson, PhD