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Physician Assistant Faculty and Staff

Elisabeth Shell, PhD, PA-C

PAS Faculty and Staff Bio

Dr. Shell is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Health Professions. Dr. Shell received her BS in Microbiology from the University of Arkansas. During her tenure at the University of Arkansas, she joined a laboratory that focused on biochemical and genetic mechanisms by which bacteria respond to their ionic environment. This sparked her passion in research, which ultimately led her to the University of Texas Medical Branch to pursue a PhD in the field of Immunology. Dr. Shell’s dissertation examined the immune response to Influenza virus and superantigens. Upon completion of her PhD, she pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Mark Estes’ laboratory where she continued her research efforts in the field of immunology. Dr. Shell established research collaborations with the National Animal Disease Centers in Ames, Iowa and Plum Island, New York where she focused on the immune response against bovine tuberculosis and Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus in cattle.

While she enjoyed research, she wanted a more translational approach to health outcomes. Becoming a physician assistant allowed her to take her background in immunology and apply it to patient health. Dr. Shell graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at UTMB in 2009. Following graduation, she practiced in the areas of Family Medicine and Cardiology. After four years of practicing medicine, Dr. Shell returned to academics and accepted a position in the Physician Assistant department in October 2013.

Dr. Shell is passionate about exercise, cooking and spending time with her family.