Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Profile

Duane T. Brandau, DO, PhD

Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Research
Department of Clinical Education

Professor of Molecular Medicine
Department of Biomedical Sciences

dbrandau@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2802
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FE-05


Education | Professional Experience | Certifications and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


 

Education


  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
    2002 – 2003
  • Residency – Nuclear Medicine
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
    1990 – 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Biochemistry
    University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY
    1986
  • Postdoctoral Fellow – Arthritis Foundation
    Department of Biochemistry, University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY
    1984 – 1986
  • Residency – Anatomical Pathology
    Oregon Health Sciences University
    Portland, OR
    1981 – 1982
  • Residency – Pediatrics
    Raymond H. Blank Hospital for Children – Iowa Methodist Medical Center
    Des Moines, IA
    1978 – 1979
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
    Des Moines University
    Des Moines, IA
    1978
  • Master of Arts
    Chemistry
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO
    1975
  • Bachelor of Arts
    Mathematics
    University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, CO
    1971

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Professional Experience


  • 2009 – Present: Professor of Molecular Medicine and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2008 – 2009: Associate Professor of Biochemistry
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2007: Physician – Pediatrics
    Mercy and Truth Medical Missions
  • 2007: Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Johnson County Committee College
  • 2007: Research Scientist, Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine
    Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • 2007: Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine
  • 2003 – 2007: Research Associate and Courtesy Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry
    Associate Director of Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Laboratory

    University of Kansas
  • 1998 – 2001: Associate Dean of Academic Affairs/Clinical Sciences (1998); Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry (1998); Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs/Pre-Doctoral and Community Programs (1999)
    University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1991 – 1998: Associate Dean of Clinical Education (1991); Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (1992); Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs (1992); Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (1993); Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs (1997)
    Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1986 – 1990: Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry (1986); Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry (1990)
    Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1979 – 1981: Assistant Surgeon
    Public Health Service / National Health Service Corps.

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Certifications and Licenses


  • DO Physician License (Present)
    State of Kansas
  • DO Physician License (Inactive)
    States of Iowa, Texas, Wyoming, Missouri
  • National Cancer Institute: Human Participants Education for Research, online course completed May 9, 2007
  • Duke University School of Medicine, Genetics Research Ethics Education Modules: May 9, 2007
    • Ethical Issues in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Genetics Research
    • Ethical Issues in Reproductive Genetics Research
    • Ethical issues in Research on Gene Environment Interactions
    • Ethics in Behavioral Genetics Research
    • Ethics and Genetics Research in Populations

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Service and Contributions


Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Chairman, Interactive Video Committee
  • Chairman, Promotion Board Committee
  • NCA Ad Hoc Assessment Committee
  • Computer Task Force Committee
  • Animal Care Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Student Financial Assistance Committee
  • Finance Committee – Long Range Planning Committee
  • Ad Hoc Committee for Faculty Development

University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Promotion and Graduation Committee
  • Appeals Board
  • Continuing Medical Education Committee
  • Board Member, Medical Education Consortium

Miscellaneous

  • Peer Reviewer, Expert Review of Vaccines, 2008
  • COMLEX Level I Item Review Committee, 1997-present
  • Peer Reviewer, Health Resources and Services Administration – Pre-Doctoral Family Medicine Grants, 2001
  • Program Advisory Committee, Statewide Missouri AHEC System, 1998-2000
  • Peer Reviewer, Health Resources and Services Administration, 1998
  • Peer Reviewer, Center for Scientific Review, Study Selection, Biological and Physiological Sciences – Special Emphasis Panel Alternative Medicine Grant Review, 1998
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX Level III Standard Setting Committee, 1995
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners COMLEX Level II Standard Setting Committee, 1995
  • Board Member, Rural Health Initiative External Advisory Council for School of Medicine at University of Missouri Columbia, 1995-1998
  • Reviewer, AOA Bureau of Research, 1995-2002
  • Reviewer, AACOM Focus Peer Review Panel, 1993
  • Board Member, Northeast Missouri Health Council, Inc., 1993-1998
  • Steering Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Application Committee Practice Sites; State Primary Care Development Strategies, 1992
  • Medical Director, Missouri Area Health Education Centers, 1992-1998
  • Chairman, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Biochemistry Section Test Construction Committee, 1991-1993
  • Vice-Chairman, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Biochemistry Section Test Construction Committee, 1988-1991
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer for Research Award Fund, Virginia Center on Aging, Alzheimers, and Related Diseases, 1989
  • Grant Review Committee, Wyoming Representative to Mountain West Region American Heart Association, 1984

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Academy of Pediatrics / Affiliate Section on Community Pediatrics
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society of Experimental Pathology
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Sigma Xi

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

 

Presentations

  • “Pandemic Infections: Past, Present and Future”
    CME Conference, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    2009
  • “The Genetics of Obesity: Where we are Today”
    CME Conference, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
    2008
  • “Development and Stabilization of Vaccines”
    3rd Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Conference
    2004
  • “Stability of Vaccines”
    Annual Kansas Immunization Conference
    2003
  • “The Future of Proteins in Medicine”
    28th Annual Seminars in Family Practice, Southwest Florida Osteopathic Medical Society Annual Meeting
    2003
  • “Genomics and the Family Physician”
    26th Annual Seminars in Family Practice, Southwest Florida Osteopathic Medical Society Annual Meeting
    2001
  • “Basic Science Updates at the Annual Convention Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians” and “Basic Science Updates at the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Coast Conference”
    CME Presentations, University of Health Sciences
    1998-2002
  • “Kids and Their Kidneys”, “Viral Respiratory Infections in Children”, “Growth and Development”, “Pediatric Hematology”, “Basic Science Updates at the Annual Convention Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians”
    CME Presentations, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
    1990-1998

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Research and Studies


  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, Inc. The Purification and Characterization of Amyloid Protein from Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease. (1986-1988, $19,223.19).
  • Missouri Affiliate Grant-in-Aid, American Heart Association. The Physicochemical Properties of Fibronectin/lmmune Complex Interactions. (1998-1989, $24,038).
  • Missouri Affiliate Grant-in-Aid, American Heart Association. The Physiochemical Characterization of Fibronectin/Clq/lgG Interactions. (1989-1990, $24,996).
  • Warner Fund (In-House Funding). Identification of Binding Domains of Rheumatoid Factor Complexes. (1988-1990, $4,000).
  • The SmithKline Beecham Foundation Focus Program. Decentralized Training: Comparison of a Rural Track Versus a Major Academic Center Training Track. (1993-1994, $30,000).
  • Warner/Fermaturo Fund (In-House Funding). Effect of OMT on Lymphatic Return. (1994-1996, $3,500).
  • The SmithKline Beecham Foundation Focus Program. Establishment of a Faculty Development Protocol for Interactive Video/Distance Learning (1994-1995, $30,000).
  • American Osteopathic Association. Reduction of Deep Vein Thrombosis by Osteopathic Therapy. (1994-1996, $50,000).
  • National Institute of Health. Small Instrumentation Grant. (1994-1995, $5,000).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Grants for Faculty Development in Family Medicine. (1996-1998, $260,280).
  • KOAAlKCOM Education Program Fund. Information Fusion: A System of Integrated Evaluation of Students Academic Performance. (1997-1998, $3,500).
  • Upgrade of KCOM Performance Assessment Center (PAC). (1998-1998, $35,000).
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Faculty Development in Family Medicine. (1998-2001, $359,640).

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Biographical Information


Duane Brandau, DO, PhD, came to Rocky Vista University from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, where he worked as a research scientist in the Department of Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine. His research focused on metabolic problems and the long-term outcomes of patients with Prader-Willi syndrome, the most common cause of syndromic obesity. While at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Dr. Brandau was also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Brandau has a long career in osteopathic medical education including faculty appointments in Pediatrics and Biochemistry at both the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has also served as the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at both osteopathic colleges before returning to research at the University of Kansas in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. At the University of Kansas, Dr. Brandau was the Associate Director of the Macromolecule and Vaccine Stabilization Laboratory which specializes in the pre-formulation stability of pharmaceutically interesting macromolecules and vaccines. In addition to his RVUCOM appointments, Dr. Brandau is Affiliate faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in Ft Collins. Dr. Brandau graduated with his DO degree from Des Moines University in 1978, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wyoming in 1986.

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