Student Spotlight

Chauncey R. Syposs IV, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergrad: Biology and Philosophy (Canisius College); Graduate: Human Anatomy and Cellular Biology (University of Buffalo School of Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Multicultural Club, acting Treasurer and Secretary, Students for Choice

Why did you choose RVU? RVU had a great reputation for its board scores and the structure of its curriculum. Being less than an hour...
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Faculty Spotlight

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

  • Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Science in Biology with high honors in Zoology (University of Maryland)
  • Graduate Studies: Doctoral degree in Pharmacology (University of Colorado); Post-Doctoral Fellowship investigating novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses...
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Research

Rocky Vista University is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the education of highly qualified students in osteopathic medicine. Through its commitment to research and service, the University fosters an atmosphere and foundation for supporting the submission for sponsored research projects and other applications to extramural funding sources.

  • Dr. Joel Dickerman jdickerman@rvu.edu Research Projects and Descriptions (Excel)
  • Dr. Fabienne Gally Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Research National Jewish Health GallyF@NJHealth.org Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke impairs the immune system. This may be problematic during infection. Indeed, inflammation is critical for the host defense against bacterial infection and the recovery process. However, ineffective clearance of microorganisms elicits prolonged inflammation, which may contribute to the pathogenesis of smoking-related diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Immune cells, in particular macrophages, function to defend the lungs against exposure to potentially harmful inhaled substances and microbial pathogens. They also play crucial roles in initiating and augmenting airway host defense mechanisms. Our objective is to understand the mechanisms by which cigarette smoke impairs macrophage function and increases inflammation. We have identified a novel protein that may play a central role in modulating innate immunity. This protein is highly represented in macrophages, and is reduced by cigarette smoke exposure. We are currently examining the potential involvement of this protein in the reduction of lung inflammation resulting from cigarette smoke exposure in cells, mice and human blood samples. We expect to identify genetic alterations of this target that decrease its function and contribute to disease susceptibility when exposed to cigarette smoke. Understanding how cigarette smoke influences airway immune cell function and the consequent mechanisms of increased inflammation within COPD patients, we may be able to identify a novel molecular target to attenuate inflammation commonly involved in chronic lung disease.

Intramural Research Grants

The purpose of the RVUCOM Intramural Research Grant Program is to provide pilot funding to help faculty and students obtain preliminary data to support an extramural research grant application. All current RVU faculty and students are eligible to apply for intramural research funding. Grant support will be for up to one year from the receipt date, with one renewal available upon request; however, intramural research funding is not to be used as a means to fund ongoing research. Please direct all questions to Dr. Rachel Linger, Chair of the Research & Scholarly Activity Committee.

 

Travel Support

The Research & Scholarly Activity Committee has a limited funds available to support RVU faculty and students who wish to present their scholarly work at an extramural meeting. RSAC does not guarantee funding to each applicant and will make decisions on a case by case basis. If funds are available, RSAC will provide support in an amount not to exceed $750 per student or faculty member per calendar year. Please read the appropriate policy linked below before submitting your application. Please direct all questions to Dr. Rachel Linger, Chair of the Research & Scholarly Activity Committee.

  • Dr. Adrienne Kania, in collaboration with Dr. LeAnn Jons-Cox, Dr. Joel Dickerman, and Dr. William Cairney, has received $500 for a study entitled, “RemOTE: Remote Osteopathic Training and Education. A web-based program to mentor Osteopathic residents in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”
  • Dr. Heather Ferrill, collaborating with faculty from NSU-COM and Touro-CA, has been awarded $10,000 for a study entitled,  “Pilot lmplementation of an Osteopathic Principles and Practices Survey and Faculty Development Program to lncrease the Use of Osteopathic Principals and Practices in Core Clinical Clerkships.”
  • A team of professors received a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for their proposal, “Teaching the humanity of evidence-based medicine: Informed by the literature, guided by the physician, framed by the patient.” Their team will become part of the 2015-2017 “Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together” cohort. The team includes: Nicole Michels, PhD; Kathryn Pate, PhD; Brian Schwartz, MLIS; and Andrew Vosko, PhD.

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