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Research Team

The SCNM research team, under the guidance of Dr. Langland, is comprised of a team of senior research students that tackle individual projects as well as a wider team of over sixty students that give up their lunch hour to help us advance the profession! 


Research Faculty


  Jeffrey Langland, PhD
Professor of Research
Chair, Department of Research

Dr. Langland earned his bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in microbiology from Arizona State University. He did a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Davis studying oncolytic viruses, followed by a post-doctoral position at the University of Wyoming comparing similarities between plant and human defences against viruses.

In August 2007, Dr. Langland became the first joint faculty member at SCNM, maintaining his position at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, and becoming the instructor for medical microbiology and research courses at SCNM. Dr. Langland directs various research projects at SCNM with students directly involved in many activities. Examples of work at SCNM involve the identification and characterization of botanicals which are able to directly inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus and Candida. In affiliation with ASU, projects have included the characterization of botanicals which inhibit and are therapeutic for herpes virus infections including cold sores, genital herpes and shingles. Work is also focused on the mechanism and effects of botanicals on modulation of the body’s immune response.

He has more than 40 publications and six patents. Dr. Langland’s area of interest is investigating and understanding botanicals in combating microbial infections and modulation of the immune response.

arben-lasku.jpg    Arben Lasku, MS, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology

Dr. Lasku is a graduate from University of Tirana, Albania. Dr. Lasku received his M.S. (clinical chemistry), M.D., Ph.D. (tumor markers) from the University of Tirana, Albania. He completed a specialization in nuclear medicine at the University of Genoa Medical Center, Italy. He has trained in clinical chemistry, clinical pathology, and nuclear medicine and has been a member of the faculty of the University of Tirana, Albania. Dr. Lasku currently teaches human pathology, and laboratory diagnosis, and hematology at SCNM.


  Roger Dilts, PhD
Associate Professor

Dr. Dilts received his doctoral degree at Washington State University where he pioneered functional anatomical techniques, to delineate the localization of opioid receptors within reward pathways in the central nervous system in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Kalivas. He subsequently held positions at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and The Medical College of Virginia before joining Amylin Pharmaceuticals.  At Amylin, Dr. Dilts was a discovery scientist involved with the development of two novel drugs for diabetes, Symlin and Byetta.  After creating and operating a B&B on the Big Island of Hawaii, Dr. Dilts has focused on the advancement of underrepresented peoples within the biomedical sciences and medicine, as well as more effective teaching strategies while serving as a faculty member at Salish Kootenai College, Fort Lewis College, The College of New Jersey and Colorado State University – Pueblo, before joining the faculty at SCNM.  Lastly, Dr. Dilts is a Irlen Syndrome screener, and available to assist those that may be affected.