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Basic Biomedical Sciences
Lee Medical Building
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Welcome to the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical scientists ask questions and find solutions to examine human disease and advance medicine. Through biomedical research, experts can expand our understanding of health and improve the human condition.

In the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, we transform students into biomedical scientists who can bring a wealth of experiences and knowledge to their work. Here learning takes place in both the classroom and the research laboratory, with a variety of robust facilities and resources available to our students and faculty; this hands-on learning experience helps our students understand the human organism and translate that knowledge into diagnostic and therapeutic development. Students benefit from mentorship from expert faculty who have a wide breadth of research and teaching interests. Through discovery, education and service, our faculty develop novel approaches for diagnosing, managing and treating disease.

Join our community of biomedical scientists and problem-solvers in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences.


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Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, specializing in cancer biology, cardiovascular, entomology, human genetics, infectious disease, microbiology, and neuroscience among other areas.
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William Mayhan

Dean, Basic Biomedical Science
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Daniel Bird

Assoc Dean of Basic Sciences
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Michelle Baack

Chair, Pediatrics
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Keith Hansen

Chair, OB/GYN
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Timothy Soundy

Chair, Psychiatry
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Denise Arrick

Instructor
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Edward Bagu

Assistant Professor
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Stephen Bambas

Instructor
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Lee Baugh

Associate Professor
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Maria Bell

Professor
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Pam Bernard

Accounting Assistant
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Sara Bird

Mgr, USD Body Donation Prog
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Brian Burrell

Professor
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Indra Chandrasekar

Assistant Professor
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William Chen

Assistant Professor
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Bruce Cuevas

Assistant Professor
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Jamie Cuka

BBS Senior Secretary
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Luci Drapeau

BRIN Tribal College Coord
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Donis Drappeau

Crd, Diversity & Pipeline Prog
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Scott Druecker

Assistant Professor
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Erik Ehli

Associate Professor
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Randy Faustino

Assistant Professor
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Xuesheng Feng

Clinical Associate Professor
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Kevin Francis

Assistant Professor
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Jessica Freeling

Dir, Physiology Research Core
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Taylor Friemel

Assistant Professor
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Barb Goodman

Professor
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Kurt Griffin

Associate Professor
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Victor Huber

Associate Professor
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Michael Kareta

Assistant Professor
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Joyce Keifer

Professor
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Curtis Kost Jr.

Associate Professor
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Damon LeaderCharge

Director of Tribal Outreach
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Lance Lee

Associate Professor
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Yi-Fan Li

Professor
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Kaijie Ma

Research Associate III
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Lisa McFadden

Assistant Professor
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Pasquale Manzerra PhD

Asst Dean, Med Student Affairs
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Douglas Martin

Professor Emeritus
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Gerald McGraw

Assistant Professor
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Mike Olson

Fabrication Technician
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Scott Pattison

Assistant Professor
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David Pearce

Professor
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Wendy Pederson

Graduate & Educ Manager
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Diane Penfield

BBS Financial Assistant
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Jose Pietri

Assistant Professor
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LouisJan Pilaz

Assistant Professor
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Steven Powell

Associate Professor
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Khosrow Rezvani

Associate Professor
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Patrick Ronan

Associate Professor
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Kyle Roux

Professor
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Jackie Rubida

BBS Personnel Assistant
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Alexei Savinov

Associate Professor
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Arun Singh

Assistant Professor
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William Spanos

Associate Professor
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Kameswaran Surendran

Associate Professor
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Jianning Tao

Assistant Professor
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Paola Vermeer

Assistant Professor
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Xuejun Wang

Director
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Hongmin Wang

Professor
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Jill Weimer

Professor
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Hong Zheng

Assistant Professor

Known for Excellence

At USD, you'll find a high quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our department exceptional.

DEPARTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Departments & Facilities

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Center for Brain and Behavior Research

The Center for Brain and Behavior Research (CBBRe) provides outstanding training of research students and fellows, feeding the pipeline of creative independent scientists in the fields of neuroscience and behavioral science.

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Mentorship Unlocks Opportunity

USD offers a variety of research opportunities that enhance your learning experience and help you improve your chance at getting a residency match. More than half of the faculty members in our division are actively engaged in scholarly and research activities, and they are committed to bringing students into that experience. See our list of research mentors for more information about their research foci and how you can get involved.


Meet Our Research Mentors

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