The College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences Welcomes Dr. Christopher Burns as Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences

LAS VEGAS – March 9, 2015 – Christopher Burns, Ph.D. has been appointed associate professor of biomedical sciences for the College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences.

“We are grateful to have Dr. Burns join the Roseman University College of Medicine as a member of our biomedical sciences team,” said Dr. Mark A. Penn, dean of the College of Medicine. “His experience as a medical educator is invaluable as we continue to build the foundational curriculum to educate and graduate a new generation of physicians that will help address the health care needs of Nevada and the country.”

Prior to joining Roseman, Burns helped develop and evolve medical and graduate education programs at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University School of Biomedical Science and the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies.

With funding from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, Burns’ laboratories at Florida Atlantic University and Medical College of Georgia investigated molecular mechanisms of gene expression in pathogenic microorganisms. He now focuses on medical education and professional skill development including leadership training, student success, curriculum reform, peer evaluation, instructional technology, and inter-professional education. As a consultant-trainer for the Team-Based Learning Collaborative, he guides faculty adopting this powerful teaching strategy in schools of business, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. Burns recently undertook emergency medical technician training to reconnect with the student experience and gain the perspective a health care provider.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to help shape the biomedical sciences curriculum at Roseman University’s College of Medicine,” said Burns. “With Roseman University’s innovative educational model, we have a tremendous opportunity to build a truly unique and focused curriculum to offer medical students the best in basic science knowledge and understanding. Our school motto is ‘A leader in transforming health care education’ and that’s exactly what I aspire to be.”

Burns earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Indiana University at Bloomington. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Imperial Cancer Research Fund Microbial Genetics Laboratory in the United Kingdom.

About Roseman University

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit institution of higher learning with campuses in Henderson, the Las Vegas master-planned community of Summerlin and South Jordan, Utah. The University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency and Doctor of Dental Medicine program; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and an MBA program. The University is currently developing an allopathic medical school based at its Summerlin campus. Roseman’s research endeavors include cancer, diabetes and obesity, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, adult stem cell and regenerative medicine, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse and depression. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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