College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific


The research mission of Departments of Basic Medical Sciences, Medical Anatomical Sciences and Clinical Medicine both at our Pomona (California) and Lebanon (Oregon) campuses is to make preeminent contributions in understanding the fundamental mechanisms underlying the onset, progression and dissemination of disease. A significant proportion of our faculty is engaged in a number of collaborative, interdisciplinary and translational research programs that include:

  • basic understanding of cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in neurodegenerative aging disorders, DNA damage and repair
  • genetic mechanisms of cell death in the hippocampus
  • involvement of cannabinoid and other neurotransmitters in neural circuits of ingestive behaviors and emetic disorders
  • neuropsychpharmacology of drugs of abuse and developmental insults during prenatal, neonatal and adolescent exposure to nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines and phencyclidine
  • molecular mechanisms of obesity and diabetes in conjunction with the Western Diabetes Institute (WDI)
  • molecular pathogenesis of tuberculosis, antibiotic resistance, innate and cell-mediated immunity
  • molecular biology and evolution of the protein translation apparatus, and
  • molecular biology of cancer-associated genes and markers, tumor imaging, phenotypes of cancer susceptability, understanding of dietary constituents in cancer prevention
  • Forensic anthropology, functional anatomy, morphology, paleontology
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteomanipulative Medicine


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Our faculty are internationally recognized investigators who share a progressive teamwork vision of research collaboration and scientific synergy and utilize state-of-the-art concepts and experimental approaches. Moreover, COMP is committed to providing a collegial environment with full opportunities for postdoctoral fellows, junior and senior faculty to solve challenging biological problems and support the career development of the next generation of scientists, physician investigators and educators. Our research laboratories welcome students from the other eight Western University of Health Sciences colleges including our Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences (GCBS) and the Western Diabetes Institute (WDI), as well as other nearby research institutions both at the Pomona and Lebanon campuses. All research-active faculty members have independent laboratories and share animal facilities and a core research facility which houses modern equipment such as a confocal microscope, flow cytometer, phosphorimaging system, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, freezers, cold room and cell culture rooms. Some faculty have joint appointments with other WUHS colleges including the GCBS. The GCBS currently supports 3 masters programs (MSBS, MSPS and MSMS) involving research faculty from all Western University of Health Sciences colleges including COMP. We are planning to open a PhD program at Western University in the next two years.

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