Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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


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, on a Wednesday of each month from 12-1 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, healthcare approach and policies, etc.

See below for the 201-2020 schedule and presenters: 

Sept. 18 at 12 p.m.

Stefanie Robel, PhD
Assistant Professor
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion
School of Neuroscience, Virginia Tech University

Oct. 9 at 12 p.m.

Christopher M. Reilly, PhD
Professor and Chairman for Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Via Edward College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nov. 20 at 12 p.m.

Zequan Yang, MD
Associate Professor
Cardiovascular Medicine & Biomedical Engineering University of Virginia

Jan. 15, 12 p.m.

Uta Erdbrügger, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
University of Virginia Health System

Feb. 19 at 12 p.m.

Michael L. Smith, PhD
Professor, Department of Physiology & Anatomy
Director of Multidisciplinary Programs, UNTHSC
Pre-Clinical Curriculum Director, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center

March 18 at 12 p.m.

Herman F. Staats, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair of Research
Department of Pathology
Duke University Medical Center

April 15 at 12 p.m.

Kelly D. McCall, PhD

Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine
Diabetes Institute
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Pre-Clinical Research Elective

LUCOM student-doctors in the Center for Research.The Pre-Clinical 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.



Intramural Grants 

Extramural Grants

Student Grant Program


Laboratory Volunteer Program


The beginning programs for the Center for Research include:

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