Associate Dean of Biomedical SciencesProfessor of Microbiology
Dr. Bryan Larsen has served as Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences since May of 2011. Previously he was Dean for University Research and Biomedical Graduate Studies at Des Moines University and Executive Director of the Iowa Center for Translational and Clinical Research at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Throughout his faculty career, which started at Marshall University School of Medicine, he has been a teacher of microbiology and clinical research methods and ethics. His research career, spanning over four decades, has focused on infectious diseases in obstetrical and gynecologic patients. Research has touched on such topics as endocrine mechanisms of microbiome regulation, pharmacokinetics of antimicrobial drugs in pregnancy, virulence attributes of pathogenic and commensal microbes, consistently melding laboratory science and clinical relevance. Current focus is on the persister phenotype of microorganisms and its relation to enhancing antimicrobial therapy. Articles and book chapters have resulted from his work numbering 150 and two editions of a microbiology text commissioned by the Council of Resident Education for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Larsen contributes to the discipline by serving on the editorial boards of Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and reviews for several other clinical and basic science journals. He also serves on NIH special emphasis grant review panels and engages in post-publication peer review through Faculty of 1000 (Women’s Health). He has received funding form the National Institutes of Health, Iowa State Economic Development Authority; pharmaceutical and other biomedical industries supported his research including the Johnson and Johnson Focused Giving Award.
He has presented his research at numerous national and international meetings and has been a visiting professor in Norway, Italy, China, and Germany. He has served as President of the International Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and as Chairperson of the Des Moines Hospitals Joint IRB and served on the inaugural board of directors of the John Stoddard Cancer Center, Des Moines, Iowa and presently as a board member of the Indiana Institute for Medical Research (VA-affiliated non-profit). Numerous graduate students and medical students have been mentored over the course of his career and he continues to guide research students in the laboratory. He received the Beehler Mentor of the Year Award (OMED 2009), and led development of an electronic Osteopathic SOAP note.
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