Dr. Zwickey fell in love with research when she was in the 4th grade and studied the healing power of Aloe vera. Inspired, Dr. Zwickey earned her degree in immunology and has studied infectious disease, autoimmunity, and cancer. “Doing research at National University of Natural Medicine is perfect,” says Dr. Zwickey. “Natural medicine is all about stimulating the body’s ability to heal itself – and that’s the immune system.” At NUNM, Dr. Zwickey studies nutrition, herbs, supplements, and mind-body therapies.
Training students and junior faculty in research methodology is a passion of Dr. Zwickey. She is currently the principal investigator of the NIH-funded training grant called Bridging Research Across Interdisciplinary Gaps (BRIDG). She teaches the foundational research courses, as well as Evidence Informed Practice, and Immunology in the ND program, and Chinese Medicine program. She also teaches specialty courses in Vaccines and Gut Immunology. Dr. Zwickey’s personal research interest regards the role of the gut-brain axis in Parkinson’s Disease. She’s the author of a book entitled, “Eating Better for Parkinson’s Disease.”
Dr. Zwickey earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University where she also taught medical school. In, 2002, Dr. Zwickey was recruited to NUNM, where she launched the Helfgott Research Institute. She was the founding dean of the School of Graduate Studies.