Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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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. She then moved to Colorado, where she earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Immunology from University of Colorado. She 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. “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 daughter, who keeps her on her toes, and a young son, the newest addition to the family. 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.