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 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
Presentation: Role of Natural IgM in Regulating Inflammation

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, 12 p.m.

Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD, FAAO
Associate Professor
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.

Mark F. Horstemeyer, PhD
Dean, School of Engineering
Liberty University

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