Center for Research
The 8,500-square-foot Center for Research features five state-of-the-art molecular and cellular labs, a large central lab, and an animal facility.
The center also shares information about the latest medical advancements through the Biomedical Frontiers Seminar Series (BFSS). At these seminars, biomedical and clinical scientists present updates on healthcare policies as well as research on molecular and cellular science.
Joseph Brewer, PhD, Associate Dean of Research
Barb Lutz, Research Manager
Greg Bennett, Director of Health and Environmental Safety
- Jeffrey Houghton, Research Technician II, laboratory of Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
- Nicholas G. Minner, Research Technician I, laboratory of Anthony J. M. Bauer, PhD
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 2019-20 schedule and presenters:
Sept. 18 at noon
Stefanie Robel, PhD
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion
School of Neuroscience, Virginia Tech University
Oct. 9 at noon
Christopher M. Reilly, PhD
Professor and Chairman for Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Via Edward College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nov. 20 at noon
Zequan Yang, MD
Cardiovascular Medicine & Biomedical Engineering University of Virginia
Jan. 15 at noon
Uta Erdbrügger, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology
University of Virginia Health System
Presentation: Extracellular Vesicles in Hypertension – Hidden Messengers
Feb. 19 at noon
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
The Pre-Clinical Research Elective provides Liberty osteopathic medical students with hands-on experience in the process and practice of biomedical research.
LUCOM 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.
Student Grant Program
Laboratory Volunteer Program
Student Scholarly Work
The current programs for the Center for Research include:
- Fungal pathogenesis led by Michael S. Price, PhD
- Gastrointestinal physiology led by Anthony J.M. Bauer, PhD
- Human proviral gene expression led by Yinnguang Liu, PhD
- Immunological mechanisms led by Joseph W. Brewer, PhD
- Renal pathophysiology led by Joseph C. Gigliotti, PhD
- Reproductive physiology led by R. James Swanson, PhD
- Vascular physiology led by Jeffrey Jasperse, PhD