As a distinguished innovator in biochemistry education, Madeline Shea, PhD, has recruited and mentored a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students in the classroom and in her lab.  

Shea, a professor in the Carver College of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, introduced electronic classrooms with data analysis and simulations into the graduate biophysical chemistry curriculum, and she recently created a course to develop critical-thinking skills for undergraduate biochemistry majors. 

Her commitment to engaging and guiding students is complemented by a lengthy list of accolades, including the 2020 President and Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence—the top University of Iowa teaching award—the Carver College of Medicine Teaching Award in 2020, and the Emily M. Gray Award for Contributions to Education from the Biophysical Society in 2018. 

Shea founded and directs the Fostering Undergraduate Talent – Uniting Research and Education (FUTURE) in Biomedicine program, which brings faculty and students from primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) in Iowa to conduct mentored research in the Carver College of Medicine.  

Medicine Iowa recently spoke with Shea about her teaching career.

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Growing research collaborations across the state

The FUTURE in Biomedicine program opens University of Iowa laboratories to Iowa college professors and their undergraduates.