Student Spotlight

Elise Martin, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Tyler, TX
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from University of Texas - Austin. Additional degrees: Masters of Science degree in Medical Science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of the American Medical Women's Association and the OB/GYN Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Having lived in Texas my entire life, I wanted to go to medical school outside of the state.  RVUCOM-SU...
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Faculty Spotlight

Brooks Beal, DO

Assistant Professor of Primary Care

  • Hometown: Dublin, CA
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Touro University Nevada.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach both years of Primary Care Medicine. Why did you choose to teach...
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Benjamin Brooks, PhD

Assistant Program Director
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Biomedical Sciences • (435) 222-1304
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-230


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


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pharmaceutics/Bioengineering
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Biology
    University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY
  • Master of Business Administration
    University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
    University of Wyoming
    Laramie, WY

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Professional Experience

  • 2019 – present: Assistant Program Director, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2019 – present: Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences
    Rocky Vista University
  • 2016 – present: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    North Dakota State University
  • 2016 – present: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Microbiology
    University of Pennsylvania
  • 2012 – 2019: Vice President of Research/Senior Scientist
    Carterra, Inc.
  • 2008: Visiting Graduate Student, Department of Immunology
    Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California

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Service and Contributions


  • Ad hoc reviewer
    • NIH Contract Sections, Civics Influenza Center (2019)
    • NIH Continuous Submission (2015 – 2017)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • Antibody Society
  • American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture
  • Mortar Board and Golden Key Honor Societies

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Honors and Awards

  • Apple Polisher Teaching Award
    North Dakota State University
  • Student Athlete Teaching Award
    North Dakota State University

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Publications and Presentations


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Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Improving vaccine discovery through characterizing antibody:antigen interactions
  • Characterizing protein:protein interactions
  • Improving spider silk spinning

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Biographical Information

Dr. Brooks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular Biology – all from the University of Wyoming. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pharmaceutics/Bioengineering at the University of Utah. After his fellowship, he led the engineering team at Carterra to develop a high-throughput Surface Plasmon Resonance instrument that drug companies use to screen antibody-based therapies. Along with his wife, he began teaching at North Dakota State University and also managed National Institutes of Health grants.

His passion for being a mentor and teaching students is what makes him thrilled to be a part of RVU. He is looking forward to creating an environment where students feel at home exploring their career opportunities and meting their goals. “I love seeing students succeed and do great things!”

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