Want to learn more about me? Check out my 2 minute Introduction Video here: 
Just a passionate 27 year old starting her PhD in Clinical Translational Science. Not sure what that is? With this blog I aim to explore the growing fields of translational science and research and how I plan to use them for the study of the eye. I will also be talking about tips and tricks for PhD applications, my path to this career, why we need more women to join our field, and showcase guest blogger voices!


Ophthalmology Skills Based Education for Medical Students During COVID-19

Jacqueline K. Shaia, Abhijith Atkuru, Suzanne B. Dickinson, Carrie A. Elzie

Journal of Medical Education and Training, vol. 5(1), 2021, p. 3

Educational Case: Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone in Both the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton.

Jacqueline K Shaia, Janet S Winston, John Campbell, Jolanta Kowalewska

Academic Pathology, vol. 8, 2021 Mar 8

A Pilot Study of the Impact of Virtually Embodying a Patient with a Terminal Illness

Carrie A. Elzie, Jacqueline Shaia

Medical science educator, vol. 31(2), 2021 Jan 22, pp. 665-675

Virtually Walking in a Patient’s Shoes—the Path to Empathy?

Carrie A. Elzie, Jacqueline Shaia

Medical science educator, vol. 30(4), 2020 Oct 30, pp. 1737-1739

Acute presentation of idiopathic intracranial hypertension with severe vision deficits.

Jacqueline K Shaia, Carrie Elzie

SAGE open medical case reports, vol. 8, 2020 Aug 22

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Blog Posts (New Posts on Tuesdays!)

Dec 13, 2022

Hopping Down Memory Lane - My First Scientific Article!

This week we are taking a trip down memory lane to a small rural town in Virginia, USA. Every summer I would visit my grandparents there where I’d swim in the pool and run around the yard with my sisters and cousins. Little did my family realize that t...

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Nov 18, 2022

3 Minute Thesis Video

I decided to try out for my University's three minute thesis competition! This is a challenge where PhD students are asked to explain their research and its' impact on society in 3 minutes or less. This explanation must be presented in a way anyone cou... (Link)

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Jun 1, 2022

Two Blind Brothers Interview

As a PhD student studying diseases affecting vision, one of the goals of my blog is to expose what vision loss is like. I had the privilege of interviewing the Two Blind Brothers, Bryan and Bradford Manning about their experience with Stargardt Disease...

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May 10, 2022

Average No Longer

This semester has required me to work harder than I ever have before. There were too many nights where I worked until 12 am to count (no I do not recommend this practice). But although my course work was intense to say the least, I have learned an incr...

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Mar 29, 2022

Guest Blogger: Beth Webb!

Today I invited Beth to guest blog! Today Beth is going to be discussing if a masters degree is needed to apply to PhD programs. Beth is in her final year at the University of Leeds in the UK studying platelet inhibitory signaling pathways in relation ...

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Patient Perspectives about Vision Loss

We have all heard of blindness, but only a patient truly can understand how that could impact their life. Check out some of my favorite perspectives regarding vision blindness.

Science Books!

Looking for your next thought provoking science book? Look no further! Check out my favorite science reads and book review. I promise, you won't regret it.


Jacqueline Shaia, MS

I am a passionate student aiming to join the fight for diseases affecting vision. In the future I hope to be an academic scientist that studies diseases affecting vision and develop therapies to help improve patients' quality of life. Please feel free to reach out to me if you're interested in a collaboration, have questions, or comments!



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