Jill Shea, PhD


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Academic Information

  • Departments: Surgery - Research Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: General Surgery
  • Cancer Center Programs: Affiliate, non-programmatically aligned

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-0593
  • Maxwell M. Wintrobe Research and Education Building
    26 N Medical Dr, Room: 201
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Jill Shea, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine and an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The central goal of her research is to improve surgical outcomes through translational research.To accomplish this goal she is currently developing three key areas of research: 1) surgical intervention, 2) imaging, and 3) drug treatment. Specific projects include the development of new nerve guide conduits to improve patient outcomes following traumatic injuries, development of new imaging techniques to treat pancreatic cancer, and development of animal models for pancreas cancer to assist in the development of new therapeutic approaches. Though these projects seem diverse they all share the common theme of advancing current treatments relevant to the Department of Surgery.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Utah
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Undergraduate University of Oregon
Exercise and Movement Science: Biomechanics

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Beal H, Shea J, Witt B, Adler D, Downs-Kelly E, Firpo M, Mulvihill S, and Scaife C (2016). Accuracy of diagnosing PDA, Neuroendocrine tumors, and IPMN by EUS-FNA at a single institution. J Gastroenterol Hepatol, 4(2), on line.
  2. Labroo P, Ho S, Sant H, Shea J, Gale BK, Agarwal J (2016). Controlled Delivery of FK506 to Improve Nerve Regeneration. (Epub ahead of print) Shock.
  3. Koopmann M, Shea J, Kholmovski E, de Bever J, Minalga E, Holbrook M, Merrill R, Hadley JR, Owan T, Salama ME, Marrouche NF, Payne A (2016). Renal sympathetic denervation using MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound in a porcine model. J Ther Ultrasound, 4, 3.
  4. Shen Y, Zificsak CA, Shea JE, Lao X, Bollt O, Li X, Lisko JG, Theroff JP, Scaife CL, Ator MA, Ruggeri BA, Dorsey BD, and Kuwada SK (2015). Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of sulfonyl acrylonitriles as novel inhibitors of cancer metastasis and spread. J Med Chem, 58(3), 1140-58.
  5. Li H, Gale BK, Sant H, Shea J, David Bell E, Agarwal J (2015). A Novel Vascular Coupling System for End-to-End Anastomosis. Cardiovasc Eng Technol, 6(3), 294-302.
  6. Gu Y, Shea J, Slattum G, Firpo MA, Alexander M, Mulvihill SJ, Golubovskaya VM, Rosenblatt J (2015). Defective apical extrusion signaling contributes to aggressive tumor hallmarks. Elife, 4, e04069.
  7. Li H, Gale BK, Sant H, Shea J, Agarwal J (2014). Design, fabrication, and testing of a novel end-to-end vascular coupling system. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2014, 6593-6.
  8. Shea JE, Garlick JW, Salama ME, Mendenhall SD, Moran LA, Agarwal JP (2014). Side-to-side nerve bridges reduce muscle atrophy after peripheral nerve injury in a rodent model. J Surg Res, 187(1), 350-8.