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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Matthew J. Linton, PhD

Director of Preclinical Education (RVUCOM-SU)
Office of the Dean – Southern Utah

Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences • (435) 222-1263
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-247

Education | Professional Experience | Service and Contributions | Honors and Awards | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    University of California Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts
    University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, UT

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Professional Experience

  • 2017 – Present: Professor of Biomedical Sciences
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah
  • 2017 – Present: Phase Director for Year One Curriculum
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah
  • 2016 – 2017: Professor, Department of Biology
    University of Utah
  • 2010 – 2015: Associate Professor, Department of Biology
    University of Utah
  • 2002 – 2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
    University of Utah
  • 2001 – 2010: Instructor, Department of Biology
    Salt Lake Community College
  • 2000 – 2001: Assistant Professor of Biology
    Eastern New Mexico University
  • 1999 – 2000: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    University of Georgia

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Service and Contributions

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Committee Chair, Students at Academic Risk Committee (2017 – present)
  • Faculty Development Committee (2017 – present)
  • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Committee (2017 – present)


  • Faculty Advisor, Movie Club, University of Utah Asia Campus (2017)
  • Faculty Advisor, Jiu-Jitsu Club, University of Utah Asia Campus (2016-2017)
  • Faculty Advisor, Science Club, University of Utah Asia Campus (2015-2016)
  • Faculty Advisor, AED Pre-Med Honor Society, University of Utah (2008-2015)
  • Faculty Advisor, Utah Pre-Medical Student Association (UPMSA) (2012-2013)
  • Event Coordinator, Utah State Science Olympiad (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Auxiliary Faculty Review Committee, University of Utah (2012-2014)
  • Biology Editor, MCAT Student Study Manual (2012)
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, University of Utah (2005-2009, 2014, 2015)
  • Judge, Utah State High School Science Fair (2009)
  • Computing Committee, University of Utah (2008-2009)
  • Judge, Utah Sterling Scholar Awards (2003, 2005)
  • Textbook Reviewer: Biology: Understanding Life (2004)
  • Judge Intermountain Junior Science & Humanities Symposium (2003-2004)
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer, The National Science Foundation, IBN, Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology (2001)
  • Mentor, New Mexico’s Adventures in Supercomputing Program (2000-2001)
  • Teachers Education Advisory Committee, Eastern New Mexico University (2000-2001)
  • Plant Sciences Committee, Chair, Eastern New Mexico University (2000-2001)
  • Extramural Reviewer for American Journal of Botany; Plant and Soil; Plant, Cell and Environment; and Plant Physiology (1999-2001)

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Honors and Awards

  • Top 10% Instructor in Continuing Education
    University of Utah
  • Favorite Professor
    Beehive Honor Society
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee
    University of Utah
  • Greek Council Best Professors Award
    University of Utah
  • Significant Professor
    Sigma Chi Fraternity, University of Utah
  • Excellence in Education Award
    LDSSA, University of Utah
  • Top 10% Instructor in Continuing Education
    University of Utah

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Publications and Presentations


  • Linton MJ (2013). Human Physiology Laboratory Manual, 10th Edition. Fountainhead Press.
  • Linton MJ (2013). Lecture Notes for Human Physiology, 2nd Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
  • Linton MJ (2013). Reading for Human Physiology, 2nd Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
  • Linton MJ (2011). Lecture Notes for Human Physiology. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
  • Linton MJ (2011). Reading for Human Physiology. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
  • Linton MJ (2008). Human Physiology. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co.
  • Donovan LA, Richards JH, and Linton MJ (2003). Magnitude and mechanisms of disequilibrium between predawn plant and soil water potentialsEcology. 84:463-470.
  • Donovan LA, Linton MJ, and Richards JH (2001). Predawn plant water potential does not necessarily equilibrate with soil water potential: Survey of 21 species under well-watered conditionsOecologia.  129:328-335.
  • Linton MJ and Nobel PS (2001). Hydraulic conductance, xylem cavitation, and water potential for succulent leaves of Agave deserti and A. tequilanaInternational Journal of Plant Sciences. 162:747-754.
  • Linton MJ and Nobel PS (1999). Loss of water transport capacity due to xylem cavitation in roots of two CAM succulents. American Journal of Botany. 86:1538-1544.
  • Linton MJ, Sperry JS, and Williams DG (1998). Limits to water transport in Juniperus osteosperma and Pinus edulis: implications for drought tolerance and regulation of transpirationFunctional Ecology. 12:906-911.
  • Nobel PS and Linton MJ (1997). Frequencies, microclimate, and root properties of three codominant perennials in the northwestern Sonoran desert on north– versus south-facing slopesAnnals of Botany. 80:731-739.



  • “Hormones: The Messengers of the Human Body”
    Haesong High School
  • “Podcasting Made Easy”
    Making the Move to Mobile: A Symposium for Higher Education, Apple Computer and University of Utah
  • “Plant Adaptations to Water Stress”
    Eastern New Mexico University
  • “Xylem Cavitation in Desert Adapted Succulents”
    University of Georgia
  • “Water Stress in Desert Succulents”
    University of California Davis
  • “Form and Function Relationships of Desert Succulents”
    Brigham Young University

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Research and Studies

  • Teaching Grant, $3,000, University of Utah (2010)
  • Internal Research Grant, $2,600, Eastern New Mexico University (2000)
  • Departmental Research Fellowship, $18,000, UCLA (1998-1999)
  • Research Grant, $1,600, UCLA Department of Biology (1998)
  • Steven A. Vavra Research Fellowship, $11,500, UCLA (1996, 1998)
  • Hughes Undergraduate Research Grant, $1,800 (1994-1995)
  • NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, $3,000 (1994)
  • Undergraduate Presidential Scholar, $12,000, University of Utah (1992-1995)

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Biographical Information

Matthew J. Linton, Ph.D., earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Utah in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. After completing a year-long post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Georgia and serving for a year as a professor at Eastern New Mexico University, he joined the teaching faculty at the University of Utah in 2002, primarily instructing Human Physiology to hundreds of undergraduates each year.  During his 15 years as a lecturer professor at the University of Utah, Professor Linton was the recipient of a number of teaching awards, including Favorite Professor of the Beehive Honor Society in 2015, Greek Council Best Professor Award in 2014 and the Excellence in Education Award from LDSSA in 2012.

Professor Linton has authored three undergraduate textbooks in Human Physiology, including a laboratory textbook and two lecture note and studying texts. Over his 15 years of service at the University of Utah he taught approximately 12,000 students in his Human Physiology courses, which eventually produced many hundreds of physicians, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurses and many other professionals that are practicing throughout the country.

He recently spent two years teaching in Seoul, South Korea, at the newly opened University of Utah Asia Campus, where he taught general education courses in biology and chemistry to undergraduate students from all throughout Asia, including Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. He enjoys multi-day backpacking in the deserts of the Southwest, running marathons, and the collecting and identifying of botanical specimens from throughout the world.

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