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

Lise Johnson, PhD

Director of Basic Science Curriculum
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program

ljohnson@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2493
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FD-02

 

Education | Professional Experience | Professional Societies and Affiliations | Publications and Presentations | Biographical Information


Education


  • Post-doctorate
    Neurosurgery
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
    2011
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Biomedical Engineering
    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ
    2010
  • Bachelor of Science
    Physics
    University of Oklahoma
    Norman, OK
    2003

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Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Director of Basic Science Curriculum
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – 2018: Investigator Scientist
    Colorado Neurological Institute
  • 2018 – 2018: Director of Neuromodulation Laboratory
    Colorado Neurological Institute
  • 2014 – 2018: Research Scientist
    Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
  • 2011 – 2018: University Education Manager
    Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
  • 2011 – 2014: Research Scientist
    University of Washington Department of Neurosurgery

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Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • The Society for Neuroscience

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

Presentations

  • “Brain Bytes”
    Google Tanks
    2017
  • “The Tech Sandbox: Learning Through Play”
    Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference
    2014
  • “Somatosensory stimulation for BCI feedback”
    Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Microelectrode Workshop
    2013
  • “Functional Screening methods for electrocorticography research”
    WSET 2012 Annual Meeting
    2012
  • “Wireless EMG-controlled car as a demonstration of the principles of sensorimotor neural engineering”
    Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference
    2012
  • “Insect inspired visual depth estimation”
    Utah-Arizona IGERT Biomathematics Summit
    2005

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Biographical Information


After a twenty-year absence, Dr. Johnson recently returned to her native Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Oklahoma, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona. Additionally, she completed a Post doctorate in Neurosurgery from the University of Washington.

Prior to RVU, Dr. Johnson worked as a Research Scientist in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington and as an Undergraduate Education Manager at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. Most recently, Dr. Johnson worked as an Investigator Scientist at the Colorado Neurological Institute.

An interesting fact about Dr. Johnson is that she has co-authored two popular science books: Brain Bytes: Quick Answers to Quirky Questions About the Brain and the forthcoming Worried? Science Investigates Some of Life’s Common Concerns.

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