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Yoni Libbie

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
My goal in the biology department at Simpson College is to be an effective colleague-teammate-mentor striving to help each Simpson student achieve their academic best.



Yoni Libbie joined the Simpson faculty as an adjunct biology laboratory instructor in 2016. He subsequently taught a problem-based learning course simulating the first semester of medical school (focused physiology, pharmacology, histology, and pathology). He currently teaches human physiology, human biology, and will return as an adjunct to teach gross human anatomy. In clinical practice he has served as a clinical externship director for Des Moines University and hosted other students, interns, and residents in specialized clinical rotations. He is recurring adjunct faculty at Des Moines Area Community College and occasionally mentors students at Des Moines University.


Yoni lives in Des Moines with his retired racing greyhound companion, “Adi”. He enjoys cooking for friends, wilderness hiking and camping, and studying Soto-school Zen philosophy and practice.




General Biology and Human Biology

Human Surgical Anatomy and Physiology

General Biology and Human Physiology Laboratory

General Nutrition and Wellness




Residency in Clinical Podiatry - Rotating Residency in Medicine and Surgery –

Department of Veterans Affairs - Darnall Army Medical Center (1997)


Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – University of Osteopathic Medicine and Heath Sciences
(Des Moines University – 1996


B.S. (Medicine) University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences (1994)

B.A. (Physiology) Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1992)



Publications and Research

Author: "Ectrodactyly - Clinical Correspondence" - J. Am. Pod. Med. Assn., August 1996


Investigator (Review of Literature): “Staging Correlation: Diabetic Lower Extremity Neuropathy Using Semmes-Weinstein Monofilament Testing and Diabetic Retinopathy Using Ophthalmoscopy.” Senior Research – Published June 1995 University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.


Cited: "N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea-lnduced mutagenesis in Escherichia coli: Multiple roles for UmuC protein" Mut. Rsch./DNA Rep. Rpts. August 1993 Southern lllinois University at Carbondale, lnvestigator: Douglas M. Fix, PhD, Chair – Microbiology