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

Rebecca Ryznar, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Department of Biomedical Sciences

Director of Physician Scientist Track
Tracks and Special Programs

rryznar@rvu.edu • (720) 874-2423
RVUCOM-CO Campus • FC-09


Dr. Ryznar hails from New Hartford, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomolecular Science from Central Connecticut State University and then a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University. She then taught biology at Quinnipiac University and, later, microbiology at Goodwin College.

She is excited to now call RVU home and is grateful to be a part of a university that offers top-notch medical education and agrees with RVU’s mission. Colorado itself is an adventure and she’s looking forward to embracing the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer—especially skiing in winter.

Aside from skiing, Dr. Ryznar also enjoys running, basketball, live music, and independent films. She admits that she is a die-hard UConn men’s college basketball fan—so if you hear someone cheering for the Huskies, it’s probably her.