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Dr. Rouse, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, joined USU in August 2021. Dr. Rouse has spent over 20 years in the areas of drug discovery, preclinical pipeline development, product advancement, host immunology, immunotherapy, bacteria-host interactions, and wound healing and care. Throughout his career, he has been awarded over $14M collectively in research funding to help address a broad range of technical and knowledge gaps within the biomedical field.


Dr. Rouse routinely leads and manages interdisciplinary and cross-functional teams across a broad range of scientific areas, such as microbiology, immunology, biomaterial engineering, biophysics, and computational biology, to promote product development and maximize clinical outcomes requiring complex medical decision making. In addition to his appointment as a USUHS Research Assistant Professor under the Department of Surgery, Dr. Rouse currently works as the Lead Scientist for Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). His laboratory routinely collaborates and uses multi-omics (proteins, transcripts, genomics) approaches to manage and facilitate the development of biomarker-driven Clinical Decision Support Tools (CDSTs), such as advanced analytics, machine learning, and precision medicine diagnostics. Dr. Rouse is primarily focused on identifying biomarkers and developing new assays to better understand the translational mechanisms and improve clinical outcomes of combat-related injuries and conditions.

Education/Academic qualification

Biomedical Sciences (Immunology), PhD, University of South Carolina

Award Date: 20 Dec 2023

Biological Sciences, Master, University of Virginia

Award Date: 20 May 2023

Biochemistry, Bachelor, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Award Date: 20 Mar 2023


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