ICOM faculty and students pursue innovative research in basic science, medical education, and underserved and rural medicine.

The research mission at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine is two-fold: to provide student doctors the necessary tools to become competent physicians in evaluating and producing medical research and to allow faculty and students to advance medicine and biomedical scholarship in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and beyond. Strategies and initiatives to achieve this mission are included in the Research Strategic Plan. 

ICOM researchers conduct studies in several areas including osteopathic principles and practice, rural and underserved medicine, medical education, and neurodegenerative diseases.


Obesity, Diabetes, and Cardiometabolic Syndrome
Cellular bioenergetics, free radicals and oxidative stress, muscle biology, cancer, diabetes
Neuroinflammation, gene regulation, cell motility in the central nervous system (CNS), CNS histology
Rural and underserved medicine
Studies of mosquito gene expression and protein secretion
Medical education: 2018 AACOM Research Grant Award for Dr. Belovich
Osteopathic principles and practice

Research Lab Ribbon Cutting Ceremony