Student Spotlight

Chauncey R. Syposs IV, OMS III

Class of 2019

  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • Undergraduate Studies: Undergrad: Biology and Philosophy (Canisius College); Graduate: Human Anatomy and Cellular Biology (University of Buffalo School of Medicine)
  • Clubs and Activities: Multicultural Club, acting Treasurer and Secretary, Students for Choice

Why did you choose RVU? RVU had a great reputation for its board scores and the structure of its curriculum. Being less than an hour...
Read More

Faculty Spotlight

Rachel M.A. Linger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

  • Hometown: Dunkirk, MD
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelors of Science in Biology with high honors in Zoology (University of Maryland)
  • Graduate Studies: Doctoral degree in Pharmacology (University of Colorado); Post-Doctoral Fellowship investigating novel biologic targets for new therapies in lung cancer and leukemia

What class do you teach? Pharmacology in both the COM and MSBS programs; pharmacology is taught as separate courses...
Read More

Research

Rocky Vista University is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the education of highly qualified students in osteopathic medicine. Through its commitment to research and service, the University fosters an atmosphere and foundation for supporting the submission for sponsored research projects and other applications to extramural funding sources.

  • Dr. Joel Dickerman
    jdickerman@rvu.edu
    Research Projects and Descriptions (Excel)
  • Dr. Fabienne Gally
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Research
    National Jewish Health
    GallyF@NJHealth.org
    Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke impairs the immune system. This may be problematic during infection. Indeed, inflammation is critical for the host defense against bacterial infection and the recovery process. However, ineffective clearance of microorganisms elicits prolonged inflammation, which may contribute to the pathogenesis of smoking-related diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Immune cells, in particular macrophages, function to defend the lungs against exposure to potentially harmful inhaled substances and microbial pathogens. They also play crucial roles in initiating and augmenting airway host defense mechanisms. Our objective is to understand the mechanisms by which cigarette smoke impairs macrophage function and increases inflammation. We have identified a novel protein that may play a central role in modulating innate immunity. This protein is highly represented in macrophages, and is reduced by cigarette smoke exposure. We are currently examining the potential involvement of this protein in the reduction of lung inflammation resulting from cigarette smoke exposure in cells, mice and human blood samples. We expect to identify genetic alterations of this target that decrease its function and contribute to disease susceptibility when exposed to cigarette smoke. Understanding how cigarette smoke influences airway immune cell function and the consequent mechanisms of increased inflammation within COPD patients, we may be able to identify a novel molecular target to attenuate inflammation commonly involved in chronic lung disease.
  • Dr. Adrienne Kania, in collaboration with Dr. LeAnn Jons-Cox, Dr. Joel Dickerman, and Dr. William Cairney, has received $500 for a study entitled, “RemOTE: Remote Osteopathic Training and Education. A web-based program to mentor Osteopathic residents in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.”
  • Dr. Heather Ferrill, collaborating with faculty from NSU-COM and Touro-CA, has been awarded $10,000 for a study entitled,  “Pilot lmplementation of an Osteopathic Principles and Practices Survey and Faculty Development Program to lncrease the Use of Osteopathic Principals and Practices in Core Clinical Clerkships.”
  • A team of professors received a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for their proposal, “Teaching the humanity of evidence-based medicine: Informed by the literature, guided by the physician, framed by the patient.” Their team will become part of the 2015-2017 “Mapping the Landscape, Journeying Together” cohort. The team includes: Nicole Michels, PhD; Kathryn Pate, PhD; Brian Schwartz, MLIS; and Andrew Vosko, PhD.