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Anita Airee, Pharm.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests

Dr. Airee is interested in a variety of research that includes but is not limited to academic outcomes research of novel teaching methods, course design, student learning methods, interprofessional education, and distance education. She is also interested in clinical research in areas of ambulatory care: metabolic disorders (diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity) tobacco cessation, and studies that utilize osteopathic medicine in comparison to standard of care for a variety of disorders. 

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Mary Beth Babos, Pharm.D.
Professor of Pharmacology
Chair of Pharmacology

Research Interests

Dr. Babos' research is centered on ethnobotany with a focus on economic and medicinal use of Appalachian plants, ethnoveterinary uses of plants, and herb/pharmaceutical interactions.  


 

Clarence Colle, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology 
LMU-DCOM Associate Dean of Preclinical Academic Affairs/Basic Medical Sciences

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Beatrix Dudzik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Research Interests

Dr. Beatrix Dudzik’s research deals with improving methodologies in forensic science, specifically in the context of human identification. Her research interests focus on morphological variation of the human skull, skeletal biology, forensic age estimation methods and forensic taphonomy.

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Stacie Fairley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Research Interests

Dr. Fairley’s research focuses on the various aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In particularly, she is interested in the efficacy of conjugated nanoparticles and intracellular trafficking of nanoparticles.

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John Gibbons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physiology

Research Interests

Dr. Gibbons has extensive clinical and academic experience in endocrinology and reproductive physiology – primarily in livestock species.  His home department is the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, but he also assists with clinical rotations, laboratories, and wet labs in the College of Veterinary Medicine at LMU.  He has a wide variety of publications that deal with assisted reproductive techniques that have a foundation and application in both human and animal reproductive medicine.  His current funded interest is the role that zinc plays in the events of oocyte maturation and fertilization.  He currently uses the bovine in vitro model and ultimately will use a bovine in vivo model to study the effects of zinc that ultimately may be applied to human in vitro fertilization to expand the options to couples unable to have children. 


 

Adam Gromley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Molecular/Cellular Biology
Director of Research

Research Interests

A hallmark of cancer is the accumulation of genetic abnormalities, many of which arise through improper cell division.  These dysfunctional cell divisions can arise from defects in the centrosome, a cellular organelle whose normal function is to ensure proper segregation of chromosomes during mitosis, as well as separation of the newly formed daughter cells.  We seek to identify the specific mechanisms by which defective centrosomes lead to cancer by manipulating the protein components of the centrosome.  These studies will not only contribute to our understanding of the tumorigenic process, but they also have the potential of uncovering new therapeutic targets.

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Zeynep Gromley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Chair of Molecular Sciences

Research Interests

Dr. Zeynep Gromley is interested in biochemical and kinetic mechanisms by which ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins are conjugated to their target proteins in the regulation of cellular mechanisms, specifically in the context of cell cycle control.

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Sherry Jimenez, Ed.D., FNAOME
Associate Dean of Assessment and Interprofessional Education (IPE)

Research Interests

Dr. Jimenez's research interests lie in the areas of assessment of student learning, curricular improvement, and interprofessional education.


Adam Kolatorowicz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Interim Director, Anatomical Sciences Graduate Program, School of Mathematics & Sciences

Research Interests

Dr. Kolatorowicz's research interests include the utility of basic anatomical science in solving real world problems and the documentation of anatomical variation that can be helpful for clinicians when treating patients and conducting clinical/surgical procedures. Specific foci include clinical anatomy, skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He employs quantitative and qualitative methods in exploratory and conclusive research designs, including surveys, thematic analysis, geometric morphometrics, photogrammetry, meta-analysis, secondary data analysis, and inferential statistical modeling. Much of Dr. Kolatorowicz’s research utilizes whole body donors in the LMU-DCOM Anatomy Laboratory as well as donated skeletal collections at other institutions. Most projects involve graduate/medical student researchers as coauthors and collaborative work with researchers at other institutions. Additionally, he provides consulting in research design and statistical data analysis for faculty, staff, and students pursuing their own research programs.

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Stan Kunigelis, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology
Director of Math and Sciences Imaging Center

Research Interests

Dr. Kunigelis is interested in ultrastructural analysis of zooplankton morphology, development, and diversity as indices of estuarine health.


Jeffrey LeBoeuf, CAE, MHA, MBA
Chief Graduate Medical Education/Rotations Officer

Research Interests

Mr. LeBoeuf's research interests include the Remediation of Professionalism and Interpersonal Communication Skills in Medical Students and Residents as well as the Challenges Faced by Rural Applicants to Medical Schools. 


Jonathan Leo, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroanatomy
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

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Vinayak K. Nahar, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., FRSPH
Assistant Professor of Public Health/One Health and Research
LMU-DCOM Affiliate Research Faculty

Research Interests

Dr. Nahar’s research focuses on the utilization of health behavior theoretical models to conceptualize preventive behaviors in order to guide future interventions, as well as provide a greater understanding of potential factors related to behavior change at many levels. One such theory he has been extensively working on is the Multi-theory model (MTM) for health behavior change. Dr. Nahar’s primary areas of interest include “health behavior,” “behavioral theory,” “public health,” “health promotion,” “one health,” "veterinary public health," and "osteopathic medicine."

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Dominic Palazzolo, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology

Research Interests

The electronic cigarette (ECIG) phenomenon has taken a strong foothold in twenty-first century culture and is most likely is here to stay. Yet, because of the paucity of empirical research and the controversial data presented, the effects of ECIG generated aerosol on human health remains inconclusive.  To better understand how ECIG generated aerosol interacts with biological systems our research focuses on the physical characteristics and chemical composition of the inhaled aerosol concerning the potential dangers of this addictive behavior. A few questions that we are addressing include the following. 1) How does inhaling aerosol derived from different formulations of E-liquids impact human health? 2) What are the relative dangers of inhaling aerosol generated by alternative ECIG design? 3) Does puffing topography based on user experiences and preferences play a significant role in how ECIG generated aerosol affects human physiology?  4) How does the aerosol generated by these ECIGs and E-liquid formulations ultimately affect the ability to effectively deliver nicotine?

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Syed Quadri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Research Interests

Dr. Quadri's research is focused on discovering and identifying novel molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets by combining unique interdisciplinary knowledge and skills particularly in pharmacology and molecular biology to make contributions to the prevention or treatment of renal inflammation and dysfunction associated with hypertension, obesity and diabetes. He is particularly interested in investigating the role of the prorenin receptor (PRR) and the angiotensin type I (AT1) receptor in modulating renal sodium and water homeostasis and blood pressure regulation.

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Patricia Stubenberg, Ph.D., MPH, CHCP
Director of Continuing Medical Education and Preceptor Development

Research Interests

Dr. Stubenberg has a combination of front-line work in public health, sixteen years in undergraduate medical education in both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, and academic and professional experience in education. Her research reflects her passion to blend education and medicine and new discovery in clinical teaching excellence. 


 

Brent Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Research Interests

Dr. Thompson's research uses obese cadavers to develop innovative ways to teach about obesity in the medical curriculum.

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Jun Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Research Interests

Dr. Wang's research utilizes breast cancer and prostate cancer cell lines to understand how cell adhesion molecules and their associated signaling pathways regulate the cell adhesion, migration, and invasion of cancerous cells.

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