Department of Internal Medicine
Infectious Diseases Faculty
Peter Densen, M.D.
Dr. Densen's research has focused on the molecular basis of inherited complement deficiencies and the roles of the complement system in the pathogenesis of infections caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitides . These studies have been supported by awards from both the NIH and Department of Veteran Affairs.
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Honors, Awards, and Organizations
- American Association of Immunologists
- Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine and Board of Infectious Diseases
- American College of Physicians, Fellow
- American Federation for Clinical Research, Councilor, Eastern Section, 1980-85
- Central Society for Clinical Research
- Infectious Diseases Society of America, Fellow
- NIH NIAID Bacteriology and Mycology Study Section
- Associate Dean of Students and Curriculum, 1992 - 2001
- Interim Head, Department of Internal Medicine, 2002 - 2004
- Executive Dean, Carver College of Medicine, 2004-2010
- Associate Editor Journal of Infectious Diseases 2004
- University of Iowa President and Provost Teaching Award for Excellence, 2004
- Iowa Chapter of ACP Award for Excellence
- Alper, C.A., Xu, J.H., Cosmopoulos, K., Dolinski, B., Stein, R., Uko, G., Larsen, C.E., Dubey, D.P., Densen, P., Truedsson, L., Sturfelt, G., Sjöholm, A.G.: Immunoglobulin Deficiencies and Susceptibility to Infection Among Homozygotes and Heterozygotes for C2 Deficiency. J. Clin. Immunol., 23(4):297-305, 2003.
- Densen, P.: Complement. In: Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Mandell, G.L., Bennet, J.E., Dolin, R., eds. 7th ed., Churchill Livingstone, Inc., pp. 77-98, 2009.
- Zhu, Z-B., Atkinson, T.P., Hovanky, K.T., Boppsns, S.B., Dai, Y.L., Densen, P., Go, R.C.P., Jablecki, J.S. and Volanakis, J.E.: High prevalence of complement component C6 deficiency among African- Americans in the southeastern United States. Clin. Exper. Immunol. 119:305-310, 1999.
- Wetsel, R.A., Kulics, J., Lokki, M.L., Kiepiela, P., Akama, H., Johnson, C.A.C., Densen, P., and Colten, H.R.: Type II human complement C2 deficiency - allele-specific amino acid substitutions (Ser 189 -> Phe;Gly444 -> Arg) cause impaired C2 secretion. J. Biol. Chem. 271:5824-5831,1996.