Student Spotlight

Tesia Kolodziejczyk, OMS III

Class of 2021

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of the Dermatology/Pathology AOC and the RVU Internal Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Close to home! Being close to my support system was very important to me. What do you like most...
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Faculty Spotlight

Joel Roberts, MD

Instructor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Internal Medicine Internship at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver.

What do you do in your spare time? I play racquetball, make pizzas, and watch football. What advice do...
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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.