Student Spotlight

Natalie Pratt, OMS II

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Bountiful, Utah
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Utah.
  • Clubs and Activities: President of SAMOPS, event coordinator for ACOEP, and member of ACOP and SAACOFP.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVUCOM because of its excellent reputation of top board scores in the nation. A nice bonus for...
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Faculty Spotlight

Michael R. Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for the Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Structural Medicine

  • Hometown: Mt. Dora, Florida
  • Undergraduate Studies: Chemistry at the University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies: Medical Neuroscience at the University of Florida

What classes do you teach? I teach Anatomy and Neuroscience. Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM-SU? I...
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Profile

Francina Deason Towne, PhD

Program Director
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Program

Associate Professor of Immunology
Department of Biomedical Sciences

ftowne@rvu.edu • (720) 875-2837
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-02


Dr. Towne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from University of Arizona. Then she moved to Colorado, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Immunology from University of Colorado. She has worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at National Jewish Health, then as an Assistant Professor at Regis University, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Towne has admired RVU’s dedication to students for some time—RVU has an excellent reputation at Regis, she says. She says, “I’m excited to join the team at this dynamic university and am looking forward to teaching my favorite subjects in the COM and the MSBS program.”

Dr. Towne has a sweet and adventurous one-year-old daughter, who keeps her on her toes. In their spare time, she and her husband love to plan their weekends around family-based activities such as hiking and Colorado Rapids soccer games. A little-known fact about her is that she was an accountant for three years before graduate school.