The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology boasts a robust teaching mission dedicated to graduate and professional education. Our faculty employ evidence-based teaching practices aimed at promoting active, student-centered learning, and engage in scholarship in order to advance the study and practice of anatomical sciences and neuroscience education.

In the Classroom and Beyond

A scholarly approach to teaching

With a vast didactic teaching mission in the anatomical sciences and neuroscience, the department serves numerous graduate and professional programs within the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

Our faculty endorse a scholarly approach to educating through the promotion of best teaching practices informed by the graduate, medical and dental education literature. With the goal of informing future pedagogy, we approach the development and implementation of innovative instructional methodologies in a systemic and intentional manner. Methods include:

Integrating basic science instruction with clinical practice to apply anatomical and neuroscience knowledge to patient care.

Educational Resource Development

Teaching faculty also focus considerable efforts on creating educational materials for graduate and professional students, most notably an open source digital histology website. This resource combines a digital atlas with extensive descriptive text to teach histology in lieu of traditional microscope laboratories.

Other examples include:

  • Instructional videos/screencasts for use in a flipped classroom model
  • Gross anatomy cadaver dissection videos
  • Self-study learning modules with assessments
  • Small group case-based and guided inquiry exercises

Published Textbooks

  • Harrell KM and Dudek RW. Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Anatomy. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018; ISBN: 1496355474
  • Alice Pakurar and John Bigbee. Digital Histology: An Interactive CD Atlas with Review Text., 1st (2004) & 2nd (2009) eds. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN: 0470475390
  • George Leichnetz. Digital Histology: An Interactive CD Atlas with Review Text. Wiley-Liss, 2006; ISBN: 0470040009
John W. Bigbee, Ph.D.

John W. Bigbee, Ph.D.

Professor

John W. Bigbee, Ph.D.

John W. Bigbee, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-0948

Email: john.bigbee@vcuhealth.org

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Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-827-0004

Email: helen.clemo@vcuhealth.org

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Sandra J. Colello, Ph.D.

Sandra J. Colello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Sandra J. Colello, Ph.D.

Sandra J. Colello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-3558

Email: sandra.colello@vcuhealth.org

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Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Dupree, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-9536

Email: jeffrey.dupree@vcuhealth.org

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Melissa McGinn Greer, Ph.D.

Melissa McGinn Greer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Melissa McGinn Greer, Ph.D.

Melissa McGinn Greer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-827-0009

Email: melissa.mcginn@vcuhealth.org

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Kelly M. Harrell, Ph.D., M.P.T.

Kelly M. Harrell, Ph.D., M.P.T.

Associate Professor

Kelly M. Harrell, Ph.D., M.P.T.

Kelly M. Harrell, Ph.D., M.P.T.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-0679

Email: kelly.harrell@vcuhealth.org

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M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

Professor

M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-9533

Email: marvin.meredith@vcuhealth.org

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