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Shi, Jia Instructor


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research overview

  • Dr. Shi is an immunologist and an expert in education research . Her education research has been focused on how to improve and assess student learning. She has developed and implemented a co-seminar course to accompany a large introduction to cellular and molecular biology course. One of her publications 'A Diagnostic Assessment for Introductory Molecular and Cell Biology' in CBE- Life Sciences Education (2010) was cited by many pear-reviewed articles in PubMed Central Archive, and many educators around the world have requested to use this assessment in their classrooms. In 2017, she and her co-authors published a paper addressing ways to change student common misconceptions (JMBE). More recently, she started to collaborate with science education faculty on projects that involve in identification of the characteristics that pre-medical students have and the effects of accessing various resources on their career path.



courses taught

  • IPHY 3435 - Physiology Lab
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Introduces laboratory experience in selected aspects of human physiology with a focus on applying the scientific method in experimentation. Same as IPHY 3437.
  • IPHY 3437 - Virtual Human Physiology Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020 / Fall 2020
    Introduces online laboratory experiences for select aspects of human physiology using laboratory simulations. This online laboratory is meant to complement IPHY 3430. As an online course, this lab may not fulfill pre-requisites for post-baccalaureate, graduate, or other allied health programs. Please consult with your Biology advisor before enrollment. Same as IPHY 3435.
  • IPHY 4010 - Seminar in Integrative Physiology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Spring 2020
    Introduces a small group of students to current research topics in integrative physiology, evaluation of current research and discussion of critical issues. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours when topics vary. Department enforced prerequisite: IPHY 2800 or equivalent.
  • IPHY 4300 - Pathophysiology of Disease
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Uses case studies to explore various disease states of the organ systems within the body and the underlying mechanisms that contribute to the manifestations of these diseases. Additionally, students will examine the importance of epidemiology in the understanding of disease as well as discuss infectious disease, and the role of genetics in congenital defects and cancer.
  • IPHY 4600 - Immunology
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Summer 2020 / Summer 2021
    Studies the immune system, a multi-cellular system that functions to protect us from disease. Introduces concepts associated with the development and function of individual cells of the immune system (T-cells, B-cells, neutrophils, dendritic cells, macrophages), as well as their integrative roles in physiology and host defense. This course requires a conceptual understanding of the material and emphasizes problem-solving skills through case studies. Recommended prerequisite: IPHY 3060 or IPHY 4060. Same as IPHY 5600.
  • IPHY 4930 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Provides an opportunity for field/laboratory work in a variety of different settings. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of at least two of the major core classes.
  • IPHY 4940 - Application for Clinical Internship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021
    Provides an opportunity for clinical experience in a clinic or hospital setting with which the University has an established Affiliation Agreement. Consult with faculty for approval. May be repeated up to a total of 6 credit hours. Department enforced prerequisite: completion of two 3000-level courses.
  • IPHY 4950 - Global Study Abroad Internship
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2019 / Summer 2021
    Provides an opportunity to combine international experiential learning and academic theory as a means to gain professional experience and to develop a new perspective on a career field. Contact the Study Abroad office for information on available opportunities and to find out how to enroll in this course.


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