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Julie A. Kerry , PhD Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology

    • Title:
    • Chairman

    • Role:
    • Faculty

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    • Focus Areas:
    • Educational strategies and implementation

    • Office Location:
    • Lewis Hall

    • Undergraduate Education:
    • Graduate Education:
    • MS, South Australian Institute of Technology, Australia

      PhD, Monash University, Australia

    • Postdoctoral Education:
    • Postdoctoral Training, University of California, Santa Barbara

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    • For 16 years, I worked with many talented students, faculty and staff running an NIH funded research laboratory using cellular and molecular approaches to study gene regulation of Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV). This virus is a significant cause of disease in the immunocompromised and is the leading cause of infection-related congenital birth defects. Throughout this time, I became increasingly involved in the education of both graduate and medical students, and medical education now is my primary research focus. I am particularly interested in mechanisms of learning and how we can apply those principles to medical education. Specifically, I study the use of cognitive load theory in curriculum design, and the novel use of concept mapping to modulate cognitive load. I am a co-investigator of the EVMS AMA Accelerating Change in Education grant and Leader of the EVMS Aquifer Sciences Pilot School Program. I also serve on the Aquifer Sciences Curriculum Editorial Board and was the Molecular Biology Discipline lead of the Aquifer Sciences Curriculum Development Team. One of the most exciting projects that I have developed is a program for medical students who are at risk of encountering academic difficulties that integrates proven learning strategies with the preclerkship curriculum content with the goal of assisting those students reaching their full potential.

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    • Courses Taught:
    • MD Program: Module Director, Foundational Science; Discipline Director, Microbiology

      Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program: Lecturer, Cell Communication and Signaling Course; Mentor, On-Line Journal Club

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