Jaime L. Sabel, Ph.D.

Jaime L. Sabel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Life Sciences 229
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About Dr. Sabel

Dr. Sabel joined the Department in 2016. She began her research career as a developmental geneticist examining genes involved in early embryonic development and then transitioned her focus to teaching and research in science education. Her doctoral work focused generally on adult learners engaging in learning life science and science teaching methods, and specifically on inservice teachers learning to use formative assessment, preservice teachers learning both life science content and pedagogical methods, and undergraduate students learning biology. At the University of Memphis, Dr. Sabel's work focuses on various types of tools and classroom environments that can support students in learning biology and engaging in scientific practices. Dr. Sabel is an active member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), and the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER).

Research Interests

  • Classroom scaffolds, tools, and environments that help students learn and enhance their understanding of biological concepts
  • Formative assessment
  • Self-regulated learning and metacognition


B.A. Biology, Simpson College; M.S. Genetics, University of Iowa; Ph.D. Educational Studies (Science Education), University of Nebraska

Recent Publications

  • Sabel, J.L., Forbes, C.T., & Flynn, L. (2016). Elementary teachers' use of content knowledge to evaluate students' thinking in the life sciences. International Journal of Science Education. doi: 10.1080/09500693.2016.1183179.
  • Forbes, C.T., Sabel, J.L., & Zangori, L. (2015). Integrating life science content and instructional methods in elementary teacher education. American Biology Teacher, 77(9), 5-11. doi: 10.1525/abt2015.77.9.2.
  • Forbes, C.T., Sabel, J.L., & Biggers, M. (2015). Elementary teachers' use of formative assessment to support students' learning about water-earth materials interactions. Journal of Geoscience Education, 63(3), 210-221. doi: 10.5408/14-063.1.
  • Sabel, J.L., Forbes, C.T., & Zangori, L. (2015). Promoting prospective elementary teachers' learning to use formative assessment for life science instruction. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 26(4), 419-445. doi: 10.1007/s10972-015-9431-6.
  • Sabel, J. L., d'Alencon, C., O'Brien, E. K., Van Otterloo, E., Lutz, K., Cuykendall, T. N., Schutte, B. C., Houston, D.W., Cornell, R. A. (2009). Maternal Interferon regulatory factor 6 (Irf6) is required for the differentiation of primary superficial epithelia in Danio and Xenopus embryos. Developmental Biology, 325(1), 249–262.