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Neal R. Chamberlain

Neal R. Chamberlain

Assistant Professor (1989-1993)

Associate Professor (1993-2011)

Professor (June 2011 to present)


A. T. Still University of Health Sciences/Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) and the Missouri School of Dental and Oral Health (MOSDOH), Department of Microbiology/Immunology, 800 West Jefferson Street, Kirksville, MO. 63501-2486


B.S., Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 1980.

Ph.D., Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Ohio State University, 1985.

Published Articles:

  1. Curry EC., RG Hart, DY Habtu and NR Chamberlain. 2021. Detection and Partial Characterization of Extracellular Inducers of Persistence in Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 70:001392. doi 10.1099/jmm.0.001392.
  2. Chamberlain NR, Sexton PS, Hardee MR, Baer RW. 2018. Physician-Mentored Patient Rounds to Observe and Assess Entrustable Professional Activities 1 and 2 in Preclinical Medical Students. J. Am. Osteopath. Assoc.118(3):199–206.doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.039.
  3. Springer MT, Singh VK, Cheung AL, Donegan NP, and Chamberlain, NR. 2016. Effect of clpP and clpC deletion on persister cell number in Staphylococcus aureus. J. Med. Microbiol. 65(8): 848-857. DOI 10.1099/jmm.0.000304. PMID: 27375177
  4. Chamberlain, NR, Sexton, PS, Hardee, MR, Baer RW. 2016. Resources utilized by preclinical medical students during patient morning rounds. Med. Sci. Educ. 26(3):283-86. DOI:10.1007/s40670-016-0279-y
  5. Chamberlain NR, Sexton PS, Hardee MR, Baer RW. 2016. Use of Large Group Patient Rounds to Characterize Pre-Clerkship Medical Students’ Ability to Perform Three Entrustable Professional Activities. Med. Sci. Educ. 26(3):481-89. DOI: 10.1007/s40670-016-0265-4.
  6. Chamberlain NR, Stuart MK, Singh VK, Sargentini NJ. 2012. Utilization of case presentations in medical microbiology to enhance relevance of basic science for medical students. Med Educ Online. 2012;17. doi: 10.3402/meo.v17i0.15943. Epub 2012 Mar 13.
  7. Draper BB, Johnson JC, Fossum C, and Chamberlain NR. 2011. Assessing Medical Student Beliefs About Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment at Four Osteopathic Medical Schools. JAOA. 111(11):615-630.
  8. Chamberlain NR, and Singh VK. 2011. Prevalence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Nasal Samples from Preclinical Second Year Medical Students. Missouri Medicine.108(5):373-76.
  9. Shapiro JA, Nguyen VL, and Chamberlain NR. 2011. Evidence for Persisters in Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62a Planktonic Cultures and Biofilms. J. Med. Micro. 60:950-60. PMID: 21415203.
  10. Singh VK, Giotis ES, Chamberlain NR, Stuart MK, and Wilkinson BJ. 2008. Insertional Inactivation of Branched-Chain a-Keto Acid Dehydrogenase (BKD) in Staphylococcus aureus Leads to Decreased Branched-Chain Membrane Fatty Acids Content and Increased Susceptibility to Certain Stresses. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 74:5882-5890.
  11. Singh VK, Utaida S, Jackson LS, Jayaswal RK, Wilkinson BJ, Chamberlain NR. 2007. Role for dnaK locus in tolerance of multiple stresses in Staphylococcus aureus. Microbiology. 153 (9): 3163-3174.
  12. N.R. Chamberlain and H.A. Yates. 2003. A prospective study of osteopathic medical students' attitudes toward use of osteopathic manipulative treatment in caring for patients. JAOA. Oct;103(10):470-8.
  13. M.K. Stuart and N.R. Chamberlain. 2003. Monoclonal Antibodies to Elongation Factor-1alpha Inhibit In Vitro Translation in Lysates of Sf21 Cells. Arch. Insect Biochem and Physiol. 52(1):17-34.
  14. N.R. Chamberlain and H.A. Yates, 2000. Use of a Computer Assisted Clinical Case (CACC)-SOAP Note Exercise to Assess Students' Application of Osteopathic Manipulative Principles. JAOA.100:437-440.
  15. N.R. Chamberlain. 1999. Identification and partial characterisation of an extracellular activator of fatty-acid modifying enzyme (FAME) expression in Staphylococcus epidermidis. J. Med. Micro. 48:245-252.
  16. R.W. Baer and N.R. Chamberlain. 1998. Environmental factors promoting the effective use of a computer-assisted clinical case for second-year osteopathic medical students. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 98:380-385.
  17. N.R. Chamberlain and S.A. Brueggemann. 1997. Characterization and Expression of Fatty-Acid Modifying Enzyme (FAME) as Produced by Staphylococcus epidermidis. J. Med. Micro. 46:693-697.
  18. N.R. Chamberlain and B. Imanoel. 1996. Genetic Regulation of Fatty Acid Modifying Enzyme from Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 44:125-129.
  19. Z. Xiong, S.Ge, N.R. Chamberlain and F.A. Kapral. 1993. Growth Cycle Induced Changes in Staphylococcus aureus Sensitivity to Abscess Bactericidal Lipids. J. Med. Micro. 39:58-63.
  20. N.R. Chamberlain. 1992. Another Easy Method of Extruding Polyacrylamide Gels from Isoelectric Focusing Tubes of 1.5-mm Inside Diameter. BioTechniques. 13:532.
  21. N.R. Chamberlain, B.G. Mehrtens, Z. Xiong, F.A. Kapral, J.L. Boardman, and J.I. Rearick. 1991. Correlation of Carotenoid Production, Decreased Membrane Fluidity, and Resistance to Oleic Acid Killing in Staphylococcus aureus 18Z. Infect. Immun. 59:4332-4337.
  22. B.K. Purcell, N.R. Chamberlain, M.S. Goldberg, L.P. Andrews, E.J. Robinson, M.V. Norgard, and J.D. Radolf. 1989. Molecular Cloning and Characterization of the 15-Kilodalton Major Immunogen of Treponema pallidum. Infect. Immun. 57: 3708-3714.
  23. N.R. Chamberlain, L. GeOgny, C. Slaughter, J.D., Radolf, and M.V. Norgard. 1989. Acylation of the 47-Kilodalton Major Membrane Immunogen of Treponema pallidum Determines its Hydrophobicity. Infect. Immun. 57: 2878-2885.
  24. N.R. Chamberlain, M.E. Brandt, A.L. Erwin, J.D. Radolf, and M.V. Norgard. 1989. Major Integral Membrane Protein Immunogens of Treponema pallidum are Proteoplipids. Infect. Immun. 57: 2872-2877.
  25. P.L. Hsu, N.R. Chamberlain, K. Orth, C. Moomaw, L.Q. Zhang, C. Slaughter, J.D. Radolf, S. Sell, and M.V. Norgard. 1989. Sequence Analysis of the 47-Kilodalton Major Integral Membrane Immunogen of Treponema pallidum. Infect. Immun. 57:196-203.
  26. E.J. Hansen, F.R. Gonzales, N.R. Chamberlain, M.V. Norgard, E.E. Miller, L.D. Cope, S.E. Pelzel, B. Gaddy, and A. Clausell. 1988. Cloning of the Gene Encoding the Major Outer Membrane Protein of Haemophilus influenzae type b. Infect. Immun. 56 2709-2716.
  27. J.D. Radolf, N.R. Chamberlain, A. Clausell, and M.V. Norgard. 1988. Identification and Localization of Integral Membrane Proteins of Virulent Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum by Phase Partitioning with the Nonionic Detergent Triton X-114. Infect. Immun. 56:490-498.
  28. N.R. Chamberlain, J.D. Radolf, P.L. Hsu, S. Sell, and M.V. Norgard. 1988. Genetic and Physicochemical Characterization of the Recombinant DNA-derived 47-Kilodalton Surface Immunogen of Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum. Infect. Immun. 56 71-78.
  29. M.V. Norgard, N.R. Chamberlain, M.A. Swancutt, and M.S. Goldberg. 1986. Cloning and Expression of the Major 47-Kilodalton Surface Immunogen of Treponema pallidum in Escherichia coli. Infect. Immun. 42: 435-445.


  1. Chamberlain, NR. The Big Picture Medical Microbiology. 2008. McGraw-Hill Companies Inc., New York. ISBN: 978-0-07-147661-4
  2. Sexton P and Chamberlain N. Chapter 8 Transformative learning in osteopathic medical education. In Transformative Curriculum Design in Health Sciences Education. (Halupa, C, ed.). IGI Global, 2015. 1-296. ISBN13: 978-1-46-668571-0

Online Peer-reviewed Publications:

  1. Chamberlain NR. 2015. Bacillus anthracis: String of Pearls Reaction. Visual Resources:
  2. Chamberlain NR. 2009. Coagulase Test for Staphylococcus Species. Visual Resources:
  3. Chamberlain NR. 2004. Transmission Cycles of Plague. Visual Resources:
  4. Chamberlain NR. 2002. Reactions in TSI Agar Slants. Visual Resources:
  5. Chamberlain NR. 2001. Growth Inhibition of Streptococcus pyogenes by Bacitracin. Visual Resources:
  6. Chamberlain NR. 2001. Spore Stain of Bacillus subtilis. Visual Resources:
  7. Chamberlain NR. 2001. Lactose Fermentation on MacConkey Agar Plates. Visual Resources:
  8. Chamberlain NR. 2001. Catalase Test. Visual Resources:
  9. Chamberlain NR. 2000. Gram Stain of Bacillus subtilis. Visual Resources:
  10. Chamberlain NR. 2000. Mycobacterium phlei digital images. Visual Resources:
  11. Chamberlain NR. 2000. Bacitracin Sensitivity Using Group A and B Beta-Hemolytic Streptococci. Visual Resources:

Teaching at ATSU/KCOM

  1. KCOM- Lectured in Medical Microbiology course (bacteriology, parasitology) 1989-1993.
  2. KCOM- Lectured in Immunology course 1989-1992.
  3. KCOM- Lectured in Infectious Diseases (respiratory, gastrointestinal, bone and joint, cardiovascular, genitourinary (includes STD/STI), septic shock, hematopoietic/lymphoreticular systems) course director from 2000-2003) 1990 to present.
  4. KCOM- Gave one lecture on Human Papilloma infections in the Pathology course with Dr. Boling 1994 and 1995.
  5. KCOM- Course director of Infectious Disease course 1999 to 2003.
  6. KCOM- Gave one lecture on STI’s in the Women’s Health course for Dr. M. Tettambel 2004-2005.
  7. KCOM- Taught all the labs in Medical Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases 1989 to 2014.
  8. KCOM- Lectured in Oral Communications course (BMSCI545) and have been the course director 2002 to present.
  9. MOSDOH- Lectured in Microbiology II or Infectious Diseases- 2015 to present. Joint appointment in KCOM and MOSDOH.

Teaching at other Institutions

  1. Lectured at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences on various medical microbiology topics to their medical students from 2003 to 2006.
  2. Lectured at the Des Moines University on various medical microbiology topics to their medical students in 2005 and 2006.
  3. Lectured on biological weapons and bioterrorism during the Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health (S.T.A.P.H) at Truman State University July 2011 and July 2012.

Teaching Awards

  1. The A.T. Still Staff Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996-1997.
  2. The Max T. Gutensohn Excellence in Teaching Award, 1996-1997.
  3. The Alpha Phi Omega 1999 Golden “P” Award for Teaching.
  4. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2003
  5. Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Presented by the Governor of the state of Missouri on December 4, 2003.
  6. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2005
  7. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2007
  8. The Basic Sciences Speaker at the Class of 2010's "The Last Lecture ceremony", June 27th, 2008.
  9. Inducted as a Fellow into the inaugural class of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators (NAOME) April 17, 2009. The academy was created by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) in 2008.
  10. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2009
  11. Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The graduating class of 2009 selected me as a faculty member who displays humanism in medicine through teaching. May 15, 2009.
  12. The Basic Sciences Speaker at the Class of 2011's "The Last Lecture ceremony", May 21th, 2009.
  13. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2010
  14. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2012
  15. SOME Innovation in Medical Education Award, 2013; The Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators (SOME) Innovation in Medical Education Awards are granted in recognition of specific educational innovations that have resulted in meaningful change at the developer's institution. SOME is part of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
  16. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2013
  17. KCOM Certificate of Faculty Recognition for a Significant Academic Innovation; Patient Morning Rounds; given to Dr. Robert Baer, Dr. Matthew Hardee and I by Dean Wilson on October 2, 2014.
  18. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2015.
  19. KCOM Certificate of Faculty Recognition for a Significant Academic Innovation; Dedication and Commitment to teaching in the Biomedical Science Master’s Program. Given by Dean Wilson on September 1, 2015.
  20. NR. Chamberlain, P. Sexton, MR. Hardee, RW. Baer, SOME* Innovation in Medical Education Award; Utilizing Patient Morning Rounds to Observe Preclinical Medical Students' Clinical Reasoning. AACOM Annual Conference. April 6-9, 2016. Washington DC.
  21. The Max T. Gutensohn Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2018.
  22. Selected as one of two faculty members to give Transition Ceremony talk- (ceremony for medical students going out on their third year rotations)-April 14th, 2021

Last revised 11/3/21

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