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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Profile

Nicole Michels, PhD

Department Chair
Department of Medical Humanities

Associate Professor of Physiology
Department of Biomedical Sciences

nmichels@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2436
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-08


Nicole Michels, PhD, is the Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and also serves as Assistant Professor of Physiology in the department of Biomedical Sciences. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Michels recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at National Jewish Health where her research focused on innate immune defense mechanisms against Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Her research interests are focused on the role of immune responses in host defense and autoimmunity.