ICOM researchers conduct studies in several areas including osteopathic principles and practice, rural and underserved medicine, medical education, and neurodegenerative diseases. Current projects, those completed recently, and research interests are listed below. ICOM student doctors may contact faculty members to request mentoring or involvement in these projects.

 

Rod Bates, DO
Nutrigenomics and applications to clinical medicine

Andrea Belovich, PhD
Implementation of connected-case study learning strategy during preclinical UME.                                                                                               Investigating molecular properties of the D-Serine transporter

Lora Bennett, MD
Cartilage regeneration for osteoarthritis

Todd Burt, MD
Medical Imaging (Radiology) in the Preclinical Medical School Curriculum

Brad Chadwell, PhD
Kinematics of animal locomotor behaviors and their association with anatomical variation

Stephanie Child, PhD
Anatomy Research Program

Sarah Davis, DO
Effects of peer mentorship in UME of new medical schools

Jessica Evans, PhD
Cellular response of multi-drug resistant bacteria to cell wall active antibiotics                                                                                                                       DNA-damage response from bacteria and archaea to damage from UV and ionizing radiation

Geri Deevska, PhD
Obesity, diabetes, and cardiometabolic syndrom
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Jennifer Hotzman, PhD
Medical education

Ellis Locke, PhD
How tooth function in primates is altered by tooth wear during their lifespans                                                                                                       Morphology, paleobiology, and paleoecology of Old World monkeys and apes

Launa Lynch, PhD
Effects of peer mentorship in UME of new medical schools

Blaine Maley, PhD
Origins and biology of the first Americans                                                                                                                                                                       Quantifying microplastics found in air and food samples

Brian K. Martin, PhD
Neuroinflammation, gene regulation, cell motility in the central nervous system (CNS), CNS histology

Mike Mitov, PhD
Cellular bioenergetics, free radicals and oxidative stress, muscle biology, cancer, diabetes

Molly Montgomery, MLS, MS
The attitudes and perceptions of osteopathic medical students towards research

Luke Mortensen, PhD
Medical education, particularly interprofessional education

Jenisa Oberbeck, DO 
Osteopathy in regard to children, adolescents, and women’s health/expectant moms

Inaia Phoenix, PhD
Medical education, particularly active-learning strategies

Richard Sloan, DO
Variability between graders on OPP practical examinations

Mark Slivkoff, PhD
Medical education and historical perspectives in physiology

Marlin Trainer, DO
Prevalence of the dorsals pedis artery

Michael Wells, PhD
Bioinformatics and/or Health Informatics Meta-Analysis

Studies of mosquito gene expression and protein secretion

Jessica Ziebarth, DO
Rural and underserved medicine                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Neurology and sports medicine                                                                                                                                                                               Musculoskeletal medicine and rehabilitation medicine