Anna Davis

Anna K. Davis

Anna Davis
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Basic Sciences

Current Role

Core faculty member in the Department of Basic Sciences


  • B.A. in Neuroscience from Smith College (Northampton, MA)
  • Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Washington
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cellular Physiology, Department of Zoology, University of Washington
  • Certified Yoga Instructor (Forrest Yoga, Universal Yoga, Pacific Yoga at the 200, 500 hr and advanced levels)

Teaching/Research Interests

In her research, Dr. Davis focuses on how people learn.  She has studied the physiology of neurons in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in learning and memory. She has searched for molecules involved in synapse formation and stabilization, processes that are involved in re-wiring the brain and thought to be essential cellular processes that occur with learning.   Currently, she investigates how students learn most effectively in the physiology classroom.  Collaborating with others, she develops and tests activities and teaching approaches designed to help students learn and understand physiology more effectively. (see non-truncated notes)

Healing Philosphy

Dr. Davis believes that knowledge is empowering; knowledge can be used to achieve goals, create solutions to problems and make well-informed decisions that positively impact health, well-being and improve the quality of our lives.   As a neuroscience researcher, yoga and physiology instructor, and parent, she believes that the path to becoming a successful learner, requires developing metacognitive awareness (knowing what you know) and metacognitive skills (planning, monitoring, and revising the learning process for success).   In her classroom, students explore what they know and also what they do not yet understand, try new approaches for acquiring knowledge and they are rewarded for taking risks to engage in reflective learning as part of vibrant community .  Dr. Davis takes great pleasure in helping students learn physiology.

Classes Taught

  • Integrated Basic Science Courses in the first-year Naturopathic medical curriculum: Integrated Musculoskeletal System, Integrated Cardiovascular System, Integrated Respiratory System, Integrated Digestive System, Integrated Renal and Reproductive Systems, Integrated Endocrine System
  • Integrated Case Studies (first year)
  • Clinical Skills (first year)  
  • Yoga 

Past Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor. Basic Sciences. Bastyr University, Seattle, WA (2015 - present)
  • Medical Health Advisor. Fairhaven Health, Bellingham, WA (2009 – present)
  • Lecturer. Biology. Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA (2009 – 2015)
  • Biology Learning Center Coordinator. Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA (August
  • 2012 – 2015)
  • Yoga Instructor. Kula Movement, Taj Yoga, Shakti Vinyasa Yoga, Seattle, WA (2005 – 2015)
  • Yoga DVD Producer. Fairhaven Health, Bellingham, WA
    • Bend, Breathe and Conceive: Yoga for Fertility (2008)
    • Healthy Mom, Happy Baby: Prenatal Yoga (2009)
  • Lecturer. Anatomy and Physiology. North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA (2008 – 2009)
  • NerveWorks Educational Software Developer (Research Scientist). Biology. University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1999 – 2005)
  • Lecturer. Animal Physiology. University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1994, 1997, 2000)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Zoology. University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1992 – 1999).
    • Effects of electrical activity on cell differentiation
  • Policy Analyst. Environmental Working Group, Washington, D.C. (1996)

Books or Articles Authored

Articles: (see website for listing)

  • Dallman, JE, Davis, AK and Moody, WJ (1998) Spontaneous activity regulates calcium–dependent K current expression in developing ascidian muscle.  J. Physiol. 15.511.3 683-93.
  • Greaves, AG, Davis, AK, Dallman, JE and Moody, WJ (1996) 

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physiological Society (APS)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)
  • Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Yoga Alliance
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