Anita Zahs, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Zahs teaches courses including Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Principles of Biology.

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Education and Training

  • PhD, Loyola University, Chicago Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • BA, Simpson College Biochemistry

I've always found inspiration just being outside in nature. I like to watch things grow and change with time, and I continue to be inspired by the variety of life around us. I often plan case studies and exam questions while walking or biking to work. My colleagues inspire me with their creativity and intelligence, and every student who walks into my office, lab, or lecture inspires me with their determination, imagination, and originality.

Dr. Zahs, on what inspires her


Chen MM, Zahs A, Chang SL, Kovacs EJ. Street smarts of science for students. Nature Immunol. 2014 Nov;15(11):997-9.

Zahs A, Bird MD, Ramirez L, Turner JR, Choudhry MA, Kovacs EJ. Inhibition of long myosin light-chain kinase activation alleviates intestinal damage after binge ethanol exposure and burn injury. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2012 Sep 15;303(6):G705-12

Zahs A, Bird MD, Ramirez L, Choudhry MA, Kovacs EJ. Anti-IL-6 antibody treatment but not IL-6 knockout improves intestinal barrier function and reduces inflammation after binge ethanol exposure and burn injury. Shock. 2013 Apr;39(4):373-9.

Courses Taught

BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

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