School of Biological Sciences
College of Natural and Health Sciences
Postdoctoral: Molecular Immunology, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Ph.D.: Anatomy & Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
B.S.: Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
I joined the University of Northern Colorado in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Biological Sciences.
Since joining UNC, the most rewarding part has been seeing students come to UNC and flourish from many different backgrounds. I am particularly thrilled to see students I’ve known from interactions at other points in their academic development, such as at other universities and in the local school districts. This is followed closely by working with my research students to setup a productive research lab providing undergraduate (and graduate) opportunities in inflammation biology that are relatively unique to the state and region. My students’ ideas and work in the lab are a cornerstone for all our progress.
My approach to my role as a DRC Faculty Ambassador is largely inspired by my teaching experiences for BIO 110 and BIO 245. The sections for these courses are the largest at UNC: single sections can be enrolled as high as 250 seats. Therefore, I participate in many DRC accommodations throughout the year. Such large classes can be daunting for anyone, but the instructional teams work hard to make sure we are setting up every student for academic success, in working well with each other, and with communicating directly with instructional staff. I am always reflecting on how we can improve and tailor our delivery of content in these courses, removing barrier, and enhance inclusivity.
I am a graduate of James Madison University (B.S., Biology) and Virginia Commonwealth University (Ph.D., Anatomy & Neurobiology). For my postdoctoral period in molecular immunology, I was funded by a career development award through the National Institutes of Health called IRACDA, which focuses on the development of undergraduate STEM teaching and engagement of biomedical research activity at Minority Serving Institutions. I’ve taught at a variety of colleges/universities – small to large, private and public, and specially focused – but I have to say that UNC is my professional home and first choice. I live in Evans with two cats, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and my wife Karen, who is a Biology and Physics high school teacher in Greeley-Evans School District 6. Outside of work I enjoy the occasional day trip to a town new to me, hiking, sampling new beers, and learning about design, especially typography.
If you’re looking for someone to talk with about my work with the Disability Resource Center, or my teaching and research in biology, reach out via email: Nicholas.Pullen@unco.edu. You can also book an appointment with me by clicking here. My office and research lab are both in Ross Hall, rooms 2536 and 1631 respectively.