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Research is an integral part of the activities in the Doisy College of Health Sciences (DCHS). Students and faculty work together to make important contributions to research and the community. Research is incorporated into courses, lab experiences, research assistantships and/or thesis work. Our faculty conduct both basic and applied research projects.

A strength of the research conducted in DCHS is its interdisciplinary nature. Projects in a single department are diverse and they complement research  in other departments in DCHS or other colleges/schools within the university. Our faculty are continuously disseminating their work in peer-reviewed journals, presentations, books or book chapters.

Areas of Research

Research Colloquia

Colloquia are held the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm. Dates for the fall semester are September 12, October 10 and November 14.

Research Presentations

We do not have any research presentations currently scheduled for the fall semester. Check back later for an updated schedule.


John R. Hunt Award: Julie Howe, MBA, D-ABMDI (Clinical Health Sciences) was recently awarded the John R. Hunt Award by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Hunt Award recognizes sustained superior contributions to the AAFS and the forensic science community. Julie Howe was chosen from over 850 members of her membership section (General Section) of the AAFS to receive the honor.

ASBMB Travel Awards: Investigative and Medical Sciences (IMS) students Blake Bertrand and Aravinda Ganapathy recently won American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Travel Awards for research they have conducted as DeNardo Scholars. The students were mentored by IMS faculty Uthayashanker Ezekiel, PhD, MB(ASCP); Rita Heuertz, PhD, MT(ASCP); and Tim Randolph, PhD, MT(ASCP).

Faculty Spotlight

Drs. Tricia Austin, PhD, PT, ATC, and Gretchen Salsich, PhD, PT,  received a Preliminary Planning Grant Award that will help develop a larger program to assemble a group of experts on chronic disease development, prevention, and management. Under their leadership, the group will examine the next steps to create a center that will facilitate sustained healthy behaviors and rigorously study the role of health risk behaviors in chronic disease prevention and management in the St. Louis community.
Dr. Jeremiah Weinstock, from the Department of Psychology, is a Co-Investigator in this award.

Drs. Austin and Salsich

Drs. Tricia Austin (left) and Gretchen Salsich (right) were recently the recipients of a Preliminary Planning Grant Award.