Jess G. Fiedorowicz Laboratory

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    Jess Fiedorowicz

    Jess G. Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D. 

    Jess G. Fiedorowicz, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He graduated summa cum laude from Marquette University and with Honors in Research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed a medicine (transitional year) internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a psychiatry residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he additionally served as a chief resident. He completed a fellowship in the Clinical Neurobiology of the Major Psychoses at the University of Iowa and concurrently completed an M.S. in Clinical Investigation. He also has a Ph.D. in Translational Biomedicine and a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa. 

    Liz Smothers

    Liz Smothers
    Secretary III

    Liz Smothers is a Secretary III who has been at the University of Iowa since 1986 and has been with the Department of Psychiatry a total of 22 years. Liz works closely with Dr. Fiedorowicz and other faculty in the 2 Tower section of General Hospital. She has extensive experience in the editing, preparation, and submission of research grants. She also assists with updating CV’s, biosketches, ordering materials and supplies, directing phone calls and other communications, arranging travel, and reimbursing expenses. She is also involved with registering, scheduling and checking in outpatients in Dr. Fiedorowicz’s clinic.


    Janie Myers
    Research Assistant


    Amy Young, MSN, RN
    Research Specialist

    Amy Young, MSN, RN has a dual appointment with the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Health and Human Physiology. She assists with several studies conducted by investigators: Jess Fiedorowicz, MD, PhD and Gary Pierce, PhD. Her responsibilities include study coordination, data analysis, IV placement, blood draws, IV infusions, pulse wave velocity with SphygmoCor, and assistance with various other vascular health measurements.

    Amy graduated from Mount Mercy University in December 2014 with her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May of 2002 from Mount Mercy College. Amy’s nursing background consists of neurosurgical nursing in the Operating Rooms for 11.5 years and clinic nursing in Neurosurgery for 1 year at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

     Jane Persons

    Jane Persons

    Jane Persons is an Epidemiology PhD student at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Her primary research interest is the biochemical basis of depression. Jane plans to pursue a medical degree and someday work as a clinician and researcher in neuroendocrinology or psychiatry.


    Oluchi Abosi

    Oluchi is currently an MPH in Epidemiology student. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Makerere University in Uganda. Thereafter, she worked in primary care in both Uganda and Botswana mainly with HIV infected individuals. Her current interests extend to other chronic diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases. She would like to find ways to incorporate her clinical and epidemiological backgrounds to help improve patient care and outcome.


    Scott Laurenzo

    Scott Laurenzo is a medical student at the UI CCOM. His interests include the fields of psychiatry and immunology.


    Lisa Wehr

    Lisa Wehr, MPH, CHES is a medical student at the UI CCOM. Her interests include the integration of primary care and psychiatry and public health approaches to the prevention and management of mental health.

     Linder, Jon

    Jon Linder  

    Jon Linder is a PharmD student at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He plans to pursue a PGY1 and then a PGY2 residency, and hopes to someday work as a clinical pharmacist specializing in psychiatry or cardiology.

    Bryan Cobb

    Bryan Cobb

    Bryan Cobb  is a 4th year medical student at the UI CCOM. He has a longstanding interest in mental illness and how it can affect people across all realms of health and well-being. Bryan is currently leaning towards psychiatry but is also considering internal medicine or a medicine-psychiatry combined residency.