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...
Read More

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...
Read More

Profile

Melissa Henderson, PhD

Vice Chair
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences
Department of Biomedical Sciences

mhenderson@rvu.edu • (435) 222-1292
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-287

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


Education


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching
    IRACDA Program
    Emory University
    Atlanta, GA
    2012
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC
    2009
  • Bachelor of Science
    Biology (emphasis in Cellular and Molecular Biology)
    Northern Arizona University
    Flagstaff, AZ
    2003

Back to Top


Professional Experience


  • 2018 – Present: Vice Chair/Southern Utah Campus Chair of Biomedical Sciences and Structural Medicine
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018 – Present: Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences 
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2017 – 2018: Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2012 – 2017: Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Back to Top

Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Lincoln Memorial University Institutional Biological and Chemical Safety Committee (2016 – 2018)
  • Member of the LMU-DCOM Admissions Committee (2013 – 2018)
    • Co-Chair (2016 – 2018)
  • Lincoln Memorial University Faculty Senate (2016 – 2017)
    • Retention Committee Member
    • Chair of the Maternity Leave Committee
  • Ad-Hoc Committee for end-of-first-year cumulative exam (2016 – 2017)
  • LMU-DCOM Curriculum Committee Member (2013 – 2017)
  • Ad-Hoc Committee for the development of advising colleges (2013)
  • Ad-Hoc Committee for selection on learning management system (2013)

Back to Top

Professional Societies and Affiliations


  • International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics
  • Genetic Society of America
  • Society for Developmental Biology 

Back to Top

Honors and Awards


  • Research Grant Recipient
    National Science Foundation
    2017
  • William R. Valentine Jr. Memorial Graduate Student Research Award
    East Carolina University
    2008
  • Carol F. Volkman Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation
    East Carolina University Graduate Research Day
    2005

Back to Top

Publications and Presentations


Publications

Presentations

  • “Exploring the effects of the V-ATPase inhibitor luteolin on development, germline apoptosis and FB-MO acidification in C. elegans
    The International C. elegans conference
    2017
  • “The effects of luteolin on the V-ATPase and the acidification of the FB-MOs in C.elegans sperm”
    The Allied Genetic Conference
    2016
  • “Examining non-lethal doses of alpha amanitin in C.elegans”
    The Society for Economic Botany Meeting
    2016
  • “Luteolin and its effect on V-ATPase activity in C.elegans
    The Society for Economic Botany Meeting
    2016
  • “Evaluating the Role of the V-ATPase B Subunit Utilizing C.elegans Sperm”
    IRACDA Annual Conference
    2012
  • “Evaluating the Role of the V-ATPase B Subunit Utilizing C.elegans Sperm”
    C.elegans Development, Cell Biology, & Gene Expression Meeting
    2012
  • “The Use of Case Studies Benefits Students at Risk for Failing”
    IRACDA Annual Conference
    2011
  • “The Role of V-ATPase B Subunit in the Acidification of Sperm Secretory Vesicles in C.elegans
    Society for the Study of Reproduction Meeting
    2011
  • “The Role of V-ATPase B Subunit in the Acidification of Sperm Secretory Vesicles in C.elegans
    IRACDA Annual Conference
    2011
  • “How pH Can Mean Everything to the Life of Sperm”
    IRACDA Annual Conference
    2010
  • “How pH Can Mean Everything to the Life of Sperm”
    Southeast Society for Developmental Biology
    2010
  • “Protein synthesis in the germline: the role of IFE-1”
    Poster presentation at C.elegans Developmental and Evolution Meeting
    2008
  • “Translational control of stored maternal RNAs in C.elegans
    Platform presentation at the 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction
    2007
  • “A P granule-associated translation initiation factor regulates stored maternal RNAs in C.elegans
    Poster presentation at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology
    2007
  • “A germline-specific initiation factor regulates the translation of stored maternal RNAs in C.elegans
    Poster presentation at Germ Cells
    2006

Back to Top

Research and Studies


Grants:

  • “mRNA selection by eIF4E isoforms and their sequestering factors,” National Science Foundation, Research Grant, $635,248 (2017 – 2020)

Back to Top

Biographical Information


Dr. Henderson made the move to the Beehive State from Harrogate, Tennessee and has also lived in Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona and Oregon. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from East Carolina University.

“I love teaching and building relationships with others. The best part of being in medical education is that I get to watch students fall in love with medicine.” Prior to RVU, she was an Associate Professor at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and an IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University.

When she is not at work, Dr. Henderson loves spending time with her two young children.

Back to Top