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Dr. David Rockabrand

Associate Professor of Biology

(434) 582-2239
Center for Natural Sciences, Room 104


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • M.B.A, Liberty University
  • M.Div., Liberty University
  • B.S., Southeast Missouri State University


Dr. David M. Rockabrand serves as Associate Professor of Biology at Liberty University. He joined the Department of Biology & Chemistry in January, 2020, after retiring from the Navy. His teaching interests include Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biotechnology. During his time in the military, Dr. Rockabrand focused on medical microbiology and global health. He has conducted work on disease surveillance, enteric vaccines, clinical and anatomic pathology in the United States, West Africa, and the Middle East. 

Dr. Rockabrand has twenty-six articles in various journals including: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines; The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries; Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease; Journal of Bacteriology, as well as many others. He also has professional affiliations with The American Society for Microbiology and Society of Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Dr. Rockabrand joined Liberty in order to use his expertise in microbiology, clinical medicine, and global health combined with his faith in a way that would impact God’s kingdom and to work in a place where he had the freedom to integrate God’s Word into everyday learning.

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 203- Introductory Microbiology Lecture
  • BIOL 303L- Microbiology Lab
  • BIOL 420L- Immunology Lab


Downs JW, Putnam SD, Rockabrand DM, El Okla GE, Mostafa M, Monteville MR, AntosekLE, Herbst J, Tribble DR, Riddle MS, Sanders  JW. (2015) A cross-sectional analysis of clinical presentations of and risk factors for enteric protozoan Infections in an Active Duty Population during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines. 2015 1:2

Riddle MS, Rockabrand DM, Schlett C, Monteville MR, Frenck RW, Romine M, Ahmed SF, Sanders JW. (2011) A prospective study of acute diarrhea in a cohort of United States military personnel on deployment to the Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai, Egypt. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Jan;84(1):59-64.

Said MM, El-Mohamady H, El-Beih FM, Rockabrand DM, Ismail TF, Monteville MR, Ahmed SF, Klena JD, Salama MS. (2010) Detection of gyrA mutation among clinical isolates of Campylobacter jejuni isolated in Egypt by MAMA-PCR. J Infect Dev Ctries. 2010 Oct 4;4(9):546-54.

Porter CK, Riddle MS, Tribble DR, Putnam SD, Rockabrand DM, Frenck RW, Rozmajzl P, Kilbane E, Fox A, Ruck R, Lim M, Johnston J, Murphy E, Sanders JW.  (2010) The epidemiology of travelers’ diarrhea in Incirlik, Turkey: a region with a predominance of heat-stabile toxin producing enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli.  Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010 Mar;66(3):241-7.

Tribble DR, Baqar S, Carmolli MP, Porter C, Pierce KK, Sadigh K, Guerry P, Larsson CJ, Rockabrand D, Ventone CH, Poly F, Lyon CE, Dakdouk S, Fingar A, Gilliland T, Daunais P, Jones E, Rymarchyk S, Huston C, Darsley M, Kirkpatrick BD. (2009) Campylobacter jejuni strain CG8421: a refined model for the study of Campylobacteriosis and evaluation of Campylobacter vaccines in human subjects.  Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Nov 15;49(10):1512-9.

Shaheen HI, Abdel Messih IA, Klena JD, Mansour A, El-Wakkeel Z, Wierzba TF, Sanders JW, Khalil SB, Rockabrand DM, Monteville MR, Rozmajzl PJ, Svennerholm AM, Frenck RW. (2009) Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) obtained from Egyptian children presenting to referral hospitals. J Clin Microbiol. Jan;47(1):189-97.

Porter CK, El Mohammady H, Baqar S, Rockabrand DM, Putnam SD, Tribble DR, Riddle MS, Frenck RW, Rozmajzl P, Kilbane E, Fox A, Ruck R, Lim M, Johnston J, Murphy E, Sanders JW. (2008) Case series study of travelers’ diarrhea in U.S. military personnel at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Clin Vaccine Immunol., Vol. 15, No. 12, p. 1884–1887.

Poly F, Read TD, Chen YH, Monteiro MA, Serichantalergs O, Pootong P, Bodhidatta L, Mason CJ, Rockabrand D, Baqar S, Porter CK, Tribble D, Darsley M, Guerry P. (2008)  Characterization of two Campylobacter jejuni strains for use in volunteer experimental infection studies.  Infect Immun. Sep 22.

Kanipes MI, Tan X, Akelaitis A, Li J, Rockabrand D, Guerry P, Monteiro MA. (2009) Genetic Analysis of Lipo-oligosaccharide Core Biosynthesis in Campylobacter jejuni 81-176. J Bacteriol.  Mar;190(5):1568-74. Epub 2007 Dec 21. Erratum in: J Bacteriol. 2008 May;190(9):3417.

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