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...
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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...
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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.