Dr. Bryan Larsen serves as associate dean for biomedical sciences, having joined Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 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 three-and-a-half decades has focused on infectious diseases in the obstetrical and gynecologic patients, touching on such topics as endocrine mechanisms of normal flora control, pharmacokinetics of antimicrobial drugs in pregnancy, to the discovery of immunomodulating substances of microbial origin, consistently melding laboratory science and clinical research. He now focuses on the interaction of the human gene variations and microbiome in relation to premature birth and potential uses of probiotics in good obstetrical outcomes. More than 145 articles and book chapters have resulted from his work, including a microbiology text which was 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 a several 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 (Medicine). He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Iowa State Economic Development sources, pharmaceutical and other biomedical industries supported his research and he received the prestigious Johnson and Johnson Focused Giving Award as well as the Beehler Mentor of the Year Award (OMED 2009) and headed the development of an electronic Osteopathic SOAP note.
He has presented his research at numerous national and international meetings and has been a visiting professor in China and Germany, and as the President of the International Infectious Diseases Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, collaborates with researchers around the globe. He served 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. Numerous graduate students and medical students have been mentored over the course of his career and continues to guide research students in the laboratory.