Student Spotlight

Rasa Rafie, OMS II

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cell Molecular Biology (Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Global Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Lead Peer Mentor, Member of the Global Medicine Track, Member of the Days of Diversity Committee

Why did you choose RVUCOM? Feeling a sense of community in my medical school was really important to me. I attended a Meet and...
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Faculty Spotlight

Mark Wardle, DO, FAAFP

Director of Medical Spanish Elective on the Southern Utah Campus
Co-Director of the Global Medicine Track on the Southern Utah Campus
Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine

  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • Undergraduate Studies: Zoology and Pre-Med at Brigham Young University
  • Graduate Studies: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California; Family Medicine Residency in Utah Valley; and Rural Medicine and Faculty Development Fellowship.

What classes do you teach? I teach in both years of Primary Care Medicine, am the Director of the...
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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.