Keynote Speaker

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier

Dr. Brian Lenzmeier is a Professor of Biology at Buena Vista University and is currently serving as the chair of the BVU faculty senate. He grew up in Willmar Minnesota and attended Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He attended Graduate School at Colorado State University where he studied the Human T-Cell Leukemia Virus, earning a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1998. He was an American Cancer Society post-doctoral research fellow in the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University where he studied mechanisms of chromosome instability.

Dr. Lenzmeier joined the faculty at Buena Vista University in 2003. He teaches courses in introductory biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology and is an active researcher, having published 9 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

During his career he has delivered research talks in New York, Des Moines, Boston, Denver, Amsterdam, Taipei and Shanghai, and he recently completed a sabbatical in the Molecular Medicine department at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Lenzmeier involves BVU students in his research, having sponsored over 150 research presentations by BVU students in the past 10 years. Of the 57 BVU students who have completed projects in his laboratory, 47 have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in research and the health professions, including 18 medical doctors. Dr. Lenzmeier has twice won the BVU Student Senate "Faculty of the Year Award" and was named the 2009 recipient of the "George Wythe Award for Excellence in Teaching." Brian lives in Storm Lake with his wife and two children and enjoys running, reading and spending time with his family.