Bonita Biegalke, PhD.

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Bonita Biegalke earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Microbiology from Montana State University.  Prior to joining ICOM, Bonita worked at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine where she taught medical microbiology for 24 years.  At the Heritage College, she contributed to the development of a new curriculum, the Clinical Presentation Curriculum, and served for five year as the first director of the curriculum.  In addition to her faculty role, she served as Associate Chair for the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Bonita has had an active research program focused on human cytomegalovirus, the most common infectious cause of birth defects.  Her research has been supported with funding from the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health.  She has mentored over 50 students, including medical, graduate, and undergraduate students.  Originally from Montana, she is happy to be back West and is excited to participate in the opening of Idaho’s first medical school, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.