JacqueLENS PhD

"There have always been highly capable women wanting to be scientists." Rita Colwell, PhD


Just a passionate 26 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! 


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, 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, 2020 Aug 22

A Novel Three‐Dimensional Drawing Activity to Learn the Dural Venous Sinuses

Jacqueline K. Shaia, Carrie Elzie

The FASEB Journal, 2020 Feb 31, pp. 1-1

Blog Posts (A new post every Tuesday!)

Sep 21, 2021

The Big Picture

Thus far the most important thing I’ve learned in my PhD is that research is HARD, especially when you are working with human subjects. Although I am not working with people directly, I am doing research with electronic medical records in a database th...

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Sep 14, 2021

The Debate: Physician or Scientist

For years I was a hardcore, ambitious premedical student. I lived and breathed medicine and I had only one ambition - become a physician. And then, I began working in academia and it opened me up to a career I hadn’t yet considered, a PhD. For the last...

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Sep 7, 2021

Starting a PhD in Melbourne, Australia during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As part of my blog, I aim to share many voices from other PhD students. As my first guest blogger, I asked Shakira Milton to share her story about starting her PhD in Australia during the pandemic. Shakira is a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbou...

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Aug 31, 2021

Read, Read, Think, Write, and Read.

When I was working at EVMS I told my supervisor that I wish we had the time to start our day with two hours of just reading the scientific literature. This way we could keep up with the new literature as well as explore new ideas for our research proje...

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Aug 24, 2021

Starting a New Journey with a White Coat!

By the end of high school, people expect you to start figuring out what you want to do with the rest of your life. But how can you decide your career if you haven’t had any experience in that career field yet? In college, I dreamed of becoming a physic...

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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!