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Faculty mentors will work with students in all phases of the preparation of student research proposals, the conduct of research and the dissemination of the results of the research. Mentors will collaborate with students to develop outlines of proposed research, spend time with the student during the preparation of the formal research proposal and application, include the student in the process of developing a budget, help the student write a formal report for abstract submission and ensure the student submits the abstract for the annual KCU Research Symposium.
Students must contact the faculty member to indicate an interest in a summer research fellowship. Faculty mentors must sign a fellowship agreement letter accepting the student to apply for the research fellowship.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Establishing an early and credible biomarker for diagnosing and
monitoring the mitochondrial bioenergetics in Amyotrophic Lateral
Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Associate Professor and Chair of Physiology
Research Interests: Creating
innovative community initiatives that favor the development of
environments that support physical activity and healthy living, in
general; integrative research with inner-city youth and racial ethnic
minorities to decrease the disparities seen in chronic diseases between
Research Interests: Developing new
therapies for inducing fetal hemoglobin in patients with sickle cell
disease to reduce complications, such as extreme pain and strokes.
Assistant Professor of Bioethics
Research Interests: Exploring the role of spirituality in osteopathic medicine by examining the spiritual traditions that influenced the development of osteopathic philosophy, current curricula around spirituality in osteopathic medical schools, and the role that osteopathic education plays in training primary care physicians in providing spiritual care to their patients.
Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Medical Affairs, Professor of Family Medicine
Research Interests: Demonstrating
the benefits of OMT through use of noninvasive techniques to validate
the assessment and efficacy of therapeutic interventions.
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Research Interests: Understanding tropical and infectious diseases, osteopathic medicine as it is related to structure and function, pediatric pathology and hematopathology especially in resource poor environments, the third world.
Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Developing prospective randomized clinical trials in an interdisciplinary palliative oncology program in the Greater Kansas City community. Expanding the knowledge base about the standard of care for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies and unknown primary cancers.
Vice President for Research, Professor of Pharmacology
Research Interests: Therapeutic targets for Parkinson's disease (PD) with a focus in pharmacology of dopamine receptor/effector systems.
Associate Professor of Physiology, Director of the Human Patient Simulation Program
Research Interests: Developing best practices in medical education to improve patient care through better student learning.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology/Microbiology
Research Interests: Developing novel therapies for cardiomyopathies and heart failure. Developing novel therapies to modulate the process of angiogenesis (blood vessel development). Understanding the mechanisms of cardiovascular complications of anticancer therapy. Mitigating the cardiovascular complications of anticancer therapy.
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Exploring non-cognitive factors that impact learning and application of knowledge in health professions. Exploring effective measures of and training for competency development for health professions, and for developing spirituality curriculum. Integrating public health competencies into medical education.
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Research Interests: Analyzing
quantitative and qualitative anatomical variations to better inform
physicians who are performing surgical procedures or administering
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
Research Interests: Improving student performance by finding more effective teaching models to enrich medical school curriculums.
Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmacology/Microbiology
Research Interests: Examining pharmacoepidemiological differences in medication and health services use across the U.S. by trending data to better understand disparities.
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry
Research Interests: Examining mechanisms associated with Alzheimer’s disease, anesthetic preconditioning and post-operative cognitive dysfunction. Investigating the biological properties of the multifunctional protein GAPDH, and the role of dietary chemical chaperones in promoting healthy aging.
Associate Professor of Immunology
Research Interests: Developing
novel immuno-therapeutic approaches using transcriptional reprogramming
of anticancer activities in tumor-associated macrophages to suppress
tumor growth in patients.
Associate Professor of Physiology
Research Interests: Creating
innovative community initiatives to develop environments that support
physical activity and healthy living, thereby reducing the impact of
health disparities on those most in need.
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Research Interests: Discovering
mechanisms that enhance neuronal cell survival during brain aging, and
finding novel therapies to combat neurodegenerative diseases such as
Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s to relieve the suffering of people who have
Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Research Interests: Examining the
mechanism by which osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) eliminates
spasm, pain, restriction of motion and asymmetry for patients with a
variety of clinical disorders.
Associate Dean of the College of Biosciences, Professor of Biochemistry
Research Interests: Identifying a novel erythroid transcription factor to be used as a treatment for anemia. Inducing urinary iron excretion as a treatment for iron overload. Developing a novel pharmaceutical approach to induce muscle expression of retinal dystrophin as a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Associate Professor of Anatomy
Research Interests: Understanding
human and non-human primate dietary adaptations and evolution to aid in
the development of informed conservation policy for non-human primates
as well as assist in the refinement of in silico methods for the study
of morphological, particularly craniofacial biomechanics.
Research Interests: Linking
primate functional morphology with aspects of behavior and ecology by
studying human and non-human primates to increase the understanding of
the evolutionary processes that have contributed to primate diversity.
Professor of Biochemistry
Research Interests: Understanding
the biochemical links between normal brain aging and increased risk for
neurodegenerative disorders, as well as developing therapeutic
interventions that prevent, protect and/or reverse neurodegeneration.
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