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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Qing Zhong, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Department of Biomedical Sciences • (435) 222-1285
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-224


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


  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Wayne State University
    Detroit, Michigan
  • Master of Science
    Internal Medicine
    Guang Dong Medical College
    Zhan Jiang, China
  • Doctor of Medicine
    Guang Dong Medical College
    Zhan Jiang, China

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Professional Experience

  • 2019 – Present: Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    Rocky Vista University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2018: Associate Professor of Pharmacology
    St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman
  • 2013 – 2018: Associate Professor of Fundamentals of Clinical Science
    St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman
  • 2009 – 2013: Research Associate, Department of Ophthalmology
    Wayne State University
  • 2002 – 2003: Research Fellow, Department of Nephrology
    University of Hong Kong
  • 1992 – 2002: Physician, Department of Nephrology
    Zhan Jiang Second Hospital
  • 1992 – 2002: Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine
    Guang Dong Medical College
  • 1987 – 1989: Physician
    Yan Gan County Hospital

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Certifications and Licenses

  • Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (2011)

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Service and Contributions

St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine

  • Chair, Appeals Committee (2018)
  • Member, Curriculum Committee (2017 – 2018)
  • Secretary, Senate Committee (2015 – 2018)
  • Member, Senate Committee (2013 – 2018)
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee for Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology
  • Member, Promotion Committee (2013 – 2018)
  • Member, Student Appeal Committee (2013 – 2018)


  • Volunteer, Cayman Red Cross (2017 – 2018)
  • Volunteer, Cayman Heart Fund (2014 – 2018)
  • Physician Assistant, HUDA Clinic, Detroit, Michigan (2008 – 2013)
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Experimental Eye Research (2012)
  • Clinical Researcher, Wayne State University Receiving Hospital (2009)
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (2009)

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Professional Societies and Affiliations

  • The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
    2017 – present
  • Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine
    2012 – present
  • International Society for Eye Research
    2012 – present
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    2009 – present

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Honors and Awards

  • Appreciation Award
    St. Matthew’s University
  • Golden Apple Award
    St. Matthew’s University
    2016 – 2018, 2013 – 2014
  • Merit Award
    St. Matthew’s University
    2014 – 2018
  • Favorite Faculty Award
    St. Matthew’s University
  • Travel Grant
    Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Student Stipend Award
    Midwest Eye-Bank Research Program
  • Graduate Student Academic and Research Award
    Wayne State University
  • Mrs. Ivy Wu Hong Kong Honorary University Fellowship
    Hong Kong University

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Publications and Presentations



  • “Transcription Factor NF-E2-Related Factor 2 (Nrf2) – Medicated Antioxidant Defense System in the Development of Diabetic Retinopathy”
    SFRBM Annual Meeting

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Research Interests


  • Research Skills: Diabetes and IgA Nephritis; Designing Primers for Gene and Promoter Amplification; Gene Cloning; PCR (conventional, or Tagman, or Sybr green qPCR); Chromatin Immunohistochemistry; Fluorescence and Light Microscopy; electroretinography (ERG); Transfection.
  • Educational Research: Learning resources for pharmacology; prediction of USMLE step core by pharmacology performance; supplementation of pre-test and post-test for all topics of Pharmacology; designing practice of baroreflex and volume-pressure to learn cardiovascular pharmacology; creating practice tables to learn chemotherapy; female sexual dysfunction, hypertension, and antihypertensives.


  • “Dysregulation of NF-E2 related factor-2 driven glutamylcysteine ligase and the development of diabetic retinopathy,” Alliance for Vision (2012)

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Biographical Information

Shortly after receiving her Doctor of Medicine degree from Guang Dong Medical College in Zhan Jiang, China, Dr. Zhong began work as an Internal Medicine Physician specializing in Nephrology and Hemodialysis. Ten years later, she moved to the United States to earn her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology from Wayne State University.

Dr. Zhong continued her research endeavors as a postdoctoral researcher at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit, Michigan, where she worked for four years. There, she focused on the role of epigenetic regulation of antioxidant genes – including superoxide dismutase and glutathione synthesis and matrix metallopeptidase 9 genes – for the development of diabetic retinopathy.

Her passion for teaching and sharing her medical knowledge with a new generation led her to join the Pharmacology Faculty at Saint Matthew’s University School of Medicine in 2013. There, she expanded her educational research, starting with predicting medical students’ board exam performance based on their basic science performance. Coming from an allopathic background, Dr. Zhong is excited for the new challenge of teaching at an osteopathic medical university.

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