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 2016-2017 schedule and presenters: 

  1. Thursday, Sept. 15
    Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology
    Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  2. Thursday, Oct. 27
    Timothy E. Weaver, PhD
    Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director, Division of Pulmonary Biology
    Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation and Department of Pediatrics,
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

  3. Thursday, Nov. 17
    Brian J. Balin, PhD
    Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    Director, Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging
    Chair, Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
    Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Presentation title: "Thinking outside the box in Alzheimer's disease: could infection be the answer?"

  4. Thursday, Jan. 19
    UPDATED TIME: Noon-1 p.m.
    Lisa M. Hodge, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Immunology
    Osteopathic Heritage Basic Science Research
    Chair, Osteopathic Research Center
    University of North Texas Health Science Center

    Presentation topic: Osteopathic Lymphatic Pump Techniques Enhance the Lymphatic and Immune Systems and Protect Against Infections Diseases

  5. Thursday, Feb. 16
    P. Gunnar Brolinson, DO
    Vice Provost for Research
    Medical Director, Impact Biomechanics Lab
    Professor of Family Practice, Discipline Chair of Sports Medicine
    Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Presentation topic: Head Impact Biomechanics, Concussion and Clinical Implications

  6. Thursday, March 23
    Gary D. Isaacs, PhD
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology and Chemistry
    Liberty University

  7. Thursday, April 20
    Michael J. Friedlander, PhD
    Founding Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
    Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Virginia Tech University


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