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David K. Strom, Ph.D.

David Strom, Ph.D. is an associate professor of pharmacology in the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has taught osteopathic medical students for more than nine years. His primary areas of teaching interest are in pharmacology, physiology, and cancer biology.

Dr. Strom earned his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry, with a minor in chemistry, from the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from the University of California, San Diego. He performed his postdoctoral work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, in the Department of Tumor Cell Biology, and held a non-tenure track faculty position at Vanderbilt University in the Cancer Center.

Dr. Strom’s first tenure-tract faculty position was at the University of South Carolina-Aiken, where he taught comparative pPhysiology, biochemistry, and nursing physiology. His first teaching at an Osteopathic Medical School was at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a faculty member in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and taught in the Medical Pharmacology, Introduction to Physiology and Hematology/Oncology courses.

Dr. Strom is active with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), where he serves as an Item Writer and Item Reviewer. In the past, Dr. Strom has been Chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). In addition, Dr. Strom has served as Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Masters in Biomedical Sciences Program at Des Moines University.

Dr. Strom undertakes research in the area of Cancer Biology. In particular, Dr. Strom’s research focuses on identifying biomarkers specific to numerous cancers, and understanding how a specific cancer treatment known as HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy) works at a cellular level.