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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Lise Johnson, PhD

Director of Basic Science Curriculum
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

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


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

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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



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

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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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