Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Peter Morganelli, Ph.D. joined the UNECOM Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2013 and teaches immunology and physiological sciences for the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Dental Medicine. Dr. Morganelli received formal training in physiology focusing on neurophysiology, cell physiology, and endocrinology at Miami University of Ohio and Dartmouth Medical School. After completing post-doctoral training in immunology, he went on to study how immune cells affect the mechanisms of inflammation that contribute to the process of atherosclerosis, in particular how immune complexes affect lipoprotein metabolism in human macrophages and in vivo in animal models. A major component of his research involved the development and use of monoclonal antibodies as tools for analyzing phenotypic and functional properties of human cells. For more than 20 years Dr. Morganelli was a member of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research Program and a faculty member of the Department of Immunology and Microbiology of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon, NH. During that time he received extramural funding from the American Heart Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Morganelli’s philosophy on teaching is that education is a two-way street, where to be successful, both the teacher and the student need to play equal roles in the learning process.