Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Profile

Vickie Roettger, PhD

Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences

vroettger@rvu.edu • 720-795-9720
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-03

 


Education | Professional Experience | Certification and Licenses | Service and Contributions | Publications and Presentations | Honors and Awards | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Biomedical Sciences: Neurophysiology
    Wright State University
    Dayton, OH
    1991
  • Master of Science
    Pathology
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
    1985
  • Bachelor of Science
    General Health/Allied Health
    University of Iowa
    Iowa City, IA
    1980

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – present: Associate Professor of Physiology
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2008-2018: Full Professor of Biology
    Missouri Southern State University
  • 2016-2017: Interim Dept. Chair 
    Missouri Southern State University
  • 2002-2008: Associate Professor of Biology
    Missouri Southern State University
  • 1997-2002: Assistant Professor of Biology
    Missouri Southern State University
  • 1994 – 1997: Research Associate – Oregon Health Sciences University
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 1991-1994: Postdoctoral Fellow – Dept. of Physiology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1987-1991: Teaching Assistant – Medical School of Neuroscience
    Wright State University
  • 1986-1987: Teaching Assistant – Microbiology
    Wright State University
  • 1981-1986: Medical Technologist
    University of Iowa

 

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Certifications and Licenses


  • MT Certification – Medical Technologist (1980)
    University of Iowa

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Chair, Faculty Welfare Committee, 2017 – 2018
  • Master Advisor, 2008 – 2018
  • Freeman Hospital Institutional Review Board member (Human Subject Clinical Trials), 2000 – 2018
  • Interim Chair, Department of Biology & EH, 2016 – 2017
  • Chairman, Biology Department Faculty Search Committees, 2016 – 2017
  • Internship Co-Director, 1998 – 2015
  • Academic Policies Committee, 2011 – 2014
  • Editor, General Biology Lab Manual, 2007 – 2014
  • Biology Department Biomes Trip – assistant faculty supervisor, 1999, 2012
  • State Curriculum Meetings Participant for Natural Sciences, 2007 – 2008
  • Member, Respiratory Tech Program Review Committee, 2007 – 2008
  • Past President, Faculty Senate, 2005 – 2006
  • President, Faculty Senate, 2004 – 2005
  • Math and Science Seminar committee – co-founder and secretary, 2000 – 2005
  • President Elect, Faculty Senate, 2003 – 2004
  • Secretary, Faculty Senate, 2002 – 2003
  • At-Large Representative, Faculty Senate, 2002 – 2006
  • Faculty Senate Representative to Teaching and Learning Committee, 2002 – 2004
  • Secretary, Teaching and Learning Committee, 2002 – 2003
  • Panel Discussion Participant – Philosophy and Science Class, 2002 – present
  • Faculty Representative to Summer Oxford Program, 2002
  • Moderator – Biology Break-out Session at Career Day, 2001, 2004
  • Chairman, Teaching and Learning Committee, 2000 – 2002
  • Chairman, General Biology Restructuring Committee, 2000 – 2001
  • Secretary – Teaching and Learning Committee, 1999 – 2000
  • Faculty Supervisor – Belize Trip for Pre-medical students, 1999
  • Psychology Department Human Subjects Review Committee, 1998 – 2005

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

Presentations

  • Living History Re-enactment, “The Man Behind the Science”
    Great Britain Semester Presentation
    2016
  • Darwin and 150th anniversary of publication
    Brown Bag
    2009
  • Missouri London Program
    Brown Bag
    2007
  • Medieval Medicine
    Brown bag
    2005
  • Biology Labs
    Brown Bag
    2003
  • Oxford trip
    Brown Bag
    2002
  • IDEAs conference on assessment
    Brown Bag
    2001
  • The role of glutamate in stroke
    Math and Science seminar participants
    2001
  • National meeting on science writing for the lay public
    National Science Teachers Association
    2000
  • Presented and attended
    NSTA Annual Meeting
    2000
  • Biology Biomes trip to Costa Rica
    Brown Bag
    2000
  • Use of microscopes and wet mounts
    UMKC Advanced Health Assessment class
    1999
  • Medical trip to Belize
    Brown Bag
    1999
  • Use of electrophoresis to separate DNA and proteins
    Area high school teachers
    1998

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Honors and Awards


  • Faculty Grant for International Travel (2018)
    Institute of International Studies
  • Faculty Grant for International Travel (2017)
    Institute of International Studies
  • Sabbatical
    One Semester
  • Faculty Travel Grant for Professional Development
    APS Institute on Teaching and Learning
  • Faculty Grant for International Travel (2007)
    Institute of International Studies
  • Faculty Grant for International Travel (2002)
    Institute of International Studies
  • Faculty Development Grant
    HAPS Meeting
  • Faculty Grant for International Travel (2000)
    Institute of International Travel
  • Merit Recipient
    Biology Department
  • Faculty Grant for International Travel (1999)
    Institute of International Studies
  • Research Fellowship
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • PHS Individual NRSA Fellowship Competitive Renewal
  • PHS Individual NRSA Fellowship for Post-doctoral Research
  • Physiology and Biophysics Department student ombudsman
    (appointed by department chair)
  • Sigma XI Student Research Colloquium – first place
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement
    Wright State University Graduate Program

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Research Interests


  • “Effect of undergraduate human dissection course on medical school gross anatomy grade,” (2017-present)
  • “Do learning communities enhance grades, retention, and graduation rates?” (2017-present)
  • BIO101 General Biology themed course redesign
  • BIO498/598 Physiological Pharmacology course design
  • Darwin/Mendel research
  • Science Fair Grant for Funding

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Biographical Information


Dr. Roettger was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Iowa. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health and Medical Technology and Master of Science in Pathology from the University of Iowa, and then a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences focusing on neurophysiology from Wright State University. Prior to RVU, Dr. Roettger spent three years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducting research on the role of the glutamate re-uptake transporter in stroke and three years at Oregon Health Sciences University conducting research on molecular biology and development of excitatory amino acid re-uptake transporters. For 21 years, she advised and taught undergraduate biology majors at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri. In addition to teaching students, she supervised student research, taught a semester in London, and co-supervised numerous student trips to Belize, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Italy, Poland, and the desert Southwest. Now teaching at the graduate level, Dr. Roettger is excited for the challenge “of preparing students to actually become medical professionals and to see the students succeed in their chosen profession”.

In her spare time, Dr. Roettger enjoys spending time with her immediate family, Toffee, a 15 year-old long-hair domestic cat, and her extended family: Mom, two older sisters, two younger brothers, eight nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

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