Student Spotlight

Raymond Kwong, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Arizona
  • Clubs and Activities: President of the ACOEP Southern Utah Chapter, Ambassador, and Peer Mentor.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The interview process made me feel very welcomed and wanted. I had been to other interviews where I was...
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Faculty Spotlight

David Ross, DO, FACEP

Director of Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track
Course Director of Military Medicine I, II, and III
Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine
Associate Professor in the Office of Simulation in Medicine and Surgery

  • Hometown: Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, then moved to Seattle, WA.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science at the University of Washington
  • Graduate Studies: Western University of the Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific; Internship at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine; Emergency Medicine Residency and Hyperbaric Fellowship at Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans; Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force

What class/classes do you teach? I teach in the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Track, Military Medicine, and I am...
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Profile

Amanda Smolinsky, PhD

Post-Doctoral Anatomy Fellow
Instructor of Structural Medicine

Department of Structural Medicine

asmolinsky@rvu.edu • (720) 795-9722
RVUCOM-CO Campus • Room 313

 

Education | Professional Experience | Service and Contributions | Honors and Awards | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Research and Studies | Biographical Information


 

Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    Integrative Anatomy
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO
    2018
  • Graduate Certificate
    Science Outreach
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO
    2018
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
    Human Evolutionary Studies
    University of Cambridge
    Cambridge, UK
    2010
  • Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude)
    Biology
    Roanoke College
    Salem, VA
    2008

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Post-Doctoral Anatomy Fellow
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Instructor of Structural Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2015 – 2017: Human Anatomy Teaching Practicum
    University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • 2016, 2017: Guest Lecturer in Evolution and Ecology
    University of Missouri
  • 2014 – 2016: Teaching Assistant in Medical Gross Anatomy
    University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • 2004 – 2008: Laboratory Preparation Assistant, Biology Department
    Roanoke College
  • 2005: Teaching Assistant in Introductory Biology
    Roanoke College

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous 

  • Instructor, High School Gross Anatomy Field Trips (2014 – 2018)
  • Dinosaurs and Cavemen Science Expo Outreach (2014 – 2018)
  • Science on Wheels MO Outreach (2017)
  • Instructor, CALEB Science Club (2015 – 2017)
  • Scrub-In to a Health Career Outreach (2014 – 2017)
  • Treasurer, Integrative Anatomy Student Association, University of Missouri (2014 – 2017)
  • STEM Showcase Outreach, Benton Elementary School (2016)
  • Soaring into Science Outreach, University of Missouri (2014, 2015)
  • Young Medics Camp Outreach, University of Missouri (2014)
  • Adventures in Education Outreach, University of Missouri (2014)
  • Show me Nature K-12 Science Safari Outreach, University of Missouri (2013)
  • Gallery Education Volunteer, Science Museum of Virginia (2011)
  • Collections Volunteer for the Duckworth Anthropological Collection, University of Cambridge (2009)
  • Biology Club President, Roanoke College (2007 – 2008)

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Honors and Awards


  • Life Sciences Fellowship ($100,000)
    University of Missouri
    (2013 – 2017)
  • Dissertation Research Travel Award ($400)
    University of Missouri
    2017
  • Outstanding Poster: Most Exciting Use of Methodologies in the Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics/Genomics and Developmental Biology Groups ($100)
    University of Missouri Life Sciences Week
    2017
  • Outstanding Graduate Student in Outreach
    University of Missouri
    2015, 2017
  • Honorable Mention
    University of Missouri Life Sciences Week
    2015
  • Foundation Scholarship (£100)
    University of Cambridge
    2010
  • Honorable Mention
    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
    2009
  • Gary Wesley Leonard Memorial Award in Biology
    Roanoke College
    2008
  • Outstanding Student in German
    Roanoke College
    2008
  • Summer Research Scholar ($2,500)
    Roanoke College
    2007

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • American Association of Anatomists
    2016 – present
  • International Society for Vertebrate Morphology
    2016 – present
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
    2014 – present
  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
    2007
  • Alpha Chi National Honor Society
    2006
  • Alpha Lambda Delta National Freshman Honor Society
    2005

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

  • Smolinsky AN, Doughman JM, Kratzke L-T, Lassiter CS (2010). Zebrafish (Danio rerio) androgen receptor: sequence homology and up-regulation by the fungicide vinclozolinComparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C: Toxicology & Pharmacology. 151, 161-6
  • Smolinsky AN, Bergner CL, LaPorte JL, Kalueff AV (2010). Analysis of Grooming Behavior and its Utility in Studying Animal Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Ed. T. Gould, Mood and Anxiety Related Phenotypes Mice: Characterization Using Behavioral Tests, Humana Press.
  • Smolinsky AN, Bergner CL, Hart PC, Egan RJ, Dufour BD, LaPorte JL, Kalueff AV (2010). The utility of genetically modified animals in modeling OCD-spectrum disorders. Ed. A.V. Kalueff and C.L. Bergner. Transgenic and Mutant Tools to Model Brain Disorders, Humana Press.
  • Bergner CL, Smolinsky AN, Dufour BD, LaPorte JL, Hart PC, Egan RJ, Kalueff AV (2010). Phenotyping and Genetics of Rodent Grooming and Barbering: Utility for Experimental Neuroscience Research. Ed. A.V. Kalueff, J. Laporte, and c. Bergner, Neurobiology of Grooming Behavior, Cambridge University Press.
  • Bergner CL, Smolinsky AN, Hart PC, Dufour BD, Egan RJ, LaPorte JL, Kalueff AV (2010). Mouse Models for Studying Depression-like States and Antidepressant Drugs. Ed. G. Proetzel and M. Wiles, Mouse Models for Drug Discovery, Humana Press.
  • Egan R, Smolinsky AN, Bergner CL, LaPorte JL, Hart PC, Kalueff AV (2010). Hybridizing experimental paradigms to increase high throughput of neurobehavioral data. Ed. E. Warnick and A.V. Kalueff, Translational Neuroscience in Animal Research: Advancement, Challenges, and Research Ethics, Nova Science
  • Hart, PC, Bergner CL, Smolinsky AN, Dufour BD, Egan RJ, LaPorte JL, Kalueff AV (2010). Experimental models of anxiety for drug discovery and brain research. Ed. G. Proetzel and M. Wiles, Mouse Models for Drug Discovery, Humana Press
  • Hart, PC, Bergner CL, Smolinsky AN, Dufour BD, Egan RJ, LaPorte JL, Kalueff AV (2010). Analysis of abnormal repetitive behaviors in experimental animal models. Ed. J.E. Warnick and A.V. Kalueff, Translational Neuroscience in Animal Research: Advancement, Challenges, and Research Ethics, Nova Science.

Presentations

  • “Muscle-intensive and high-impact exercises differentially influence whole bone 3D morphology in young outbred male mice”
    Life Sciences Week Poster Session, University of Missouri
    2018
  • “Differential gene expression in mouse long bones and marrow in response to three forms of mechanical loading”
    Life Sciences Week Poster Session, University of Missouri
    2018
  • “Muscle- and impact-dominated activities differentially affect bone morphology and mineral apposition in young out-bred mice”
    Health Sciences Research Day Poster Session, University of Missouri School of Medicine
    2017
  • “The effects of muscle- and impact-dominated loading on femoral cross-section morphology and mineral apposition in young out-bred mice”
    Life Sciences Week Poster Session
    2017
  • “Exercise and the Skeleton: How Bones Get in Shape”
    SciFest: Healthy U
    2017
  • “Plastic and evolved morphological responses to differential loading in mice”
    Department of Biological Sciences EcoLunch
    2017
  • “Comparison of impact loading and wheel running on femoral cross-section morphology in young out-bred mice”
    Health Sciences Research day Poster Session, University of Missouri School of Medicine
    2016
  • “Comparison of impact loading and wheel running on femoral cross-section morphology and growth in young out-bred mice”
    Life Science Week Poster Presentation, University of Missouri
    2016
  • “Fracture Mechanics of the Mandible in Alligator mississippiensis”
    Life Sciences Week Poster Session, University of Missouri
    2015
  • “Material Properties of the Mandibular Symphysis in Alligator mississippiensis”
    Life Sciences Week Poster Session, University of Missouri
    2014
  • “The anti-androgen vinclozolin increases androgen receptor mRNA expression levels in embryonic zebrafish (Danio rerio)”
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship, Sweet Briar College
    2008
  • “Androgen receptor cDNA sequence and the effects of the antiandrogen vinclozolin on androgen receptor mRNA expression levels in embryonic zebrafish (Danio rerio)”
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference for Undergraduate Scholarship, Sweet Briar College
    2007

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Research and Studies


  • Experimental protocol testing the effects of wheel-running and impact loading on bone growth in the hind limbs of mice, to be applied to characterizing the effects of the Myh4Minimsc mutation (2015)
  • Protocol to test the material properties of the alligator mandible in dissected specimens (2013 – 2014)
  • Behavioral experiments on rats aimed at elucidating place cell and grid cell function in hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, respectively (2011 – 2013)
  • Geometric morphometric analysis of morphological integration between os coxae and sacra of catarrhine primates with emphasis on implications for bipedality (2009 – 2010)
  • Mouse and zebrafish behavioral experiments and mRNA analysis to screen for anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders (2008)
  • Expression pattern for zebrafish androgen receptor gene under control conditions and after embryonic exposure of fish to the antiandrogenic fungicide vinclozolin (2006 – 2008)

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Biographical Information


When Dr. Smolinsky visited Colorado several years ago, she realized it was the perfect place to call home, from the weather and the mountains to the year-round variety of outdoor activities. She made the move to Colorado when she was offered her first teaching position at RVU.

A recent graduate, Dr. Smolinsky received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Integrative Anatomy from the University of Missouri. Additionally, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Roanoke College and a Master of Philosophy degree in Human Evolutionary Studies from Cambridge University.

Prior to RVU, Dr. Smolinsky worked as a lab technician at the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her love of anatomy grew out of a childhood fascination with understanding how things work. “You can learn a lot about the lives of humans and other animals by studying how bodies are put together.”

When she’s not working, Dr. Smolinsky enjoys exploring the city, playing sports, or just going for a walk in nature. Her favorite placed she’s visited is Southern Germany for its rich history, architecture, and incredible food.

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