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Jessica Dominguez Rieg, PhD
Dr. Rieg is an assistant professor of physiology in the Department of Basic Sciences at Bastyr University California.
- BS in Veterinary Science from University of Arizona in 2001
- MS in Physiological Sciences from University of Arizona in 2004
- PhD in Physiological Sciences from University of Arizona in 2006
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in critical illness/surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
- American Physiological Society member
- West Coast Salt & Water Club (an epithelial cell research group) member
- Shock Society member
- In 2011, Dr. Dominguez Rieg was awarded the American Physiological Society Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award for excellence in mentorship, leadership and outreach.
Dr. Dominguez Rieg was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver before moving to San Diego. She has taught anatomy and physiology to undergraduate and medical students.
Teaching and Research Interests
As a translational physiologist, Dr. Dominguez Rieg’s teaching and research interests lie in how the body functions from the subcellular level up to the level of integration of biological systems in the whole organism. As a basic scientist, she has been specifically interested in elucidating mechanisms underlying the body’s response to critical illness and the use of probiotics to mediate protection in the intestine.
Dr. Dominguez Rieg’s teaching philosophy stems from the desire to help students reach those “eureka!” moments by deconstructing and relating the material to real life until it is understood conceptually. She strives to create an active and interactive learning environment where students can tap into their own knowledge base to derive and learn difficult concepts. Dr. Dominguez Rieg is passionate about working with clinicians to teach students in an integrative learning environment about the fundamentals of physiology using a systems-based approach, with a focus on natural healing and whole-person medicine.