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Nicholas Pullen

Nicholas Pullen

Assistant Professor

School of Biological Sciences
College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Ross Hall 2536
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Biological Sciences
Campus Box 92
Greeley, CO 80639


Postdoctoral: Molecular Immunology, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  Anatomy & Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
B.S.: Biology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Professional/Academic Experience

2016-Present; Assistant Professor, University of Northern Colorado
2013-2016; Clark Cox Professor in Science, William Woods University, Fulton, MO
2012-2016; Assistant Professor of Biology, William Woods University
2010-2012; NIH-IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics, Elizabeth City State University, NC

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Other Experience

2014-present; Textbook reviewer for Sinauer Associates, Garland Science, and Morton Publishing Company
2014-2016; Biological Sciences Section Chair, Missouri Academy of Science
2014-2016; Reviewer for the Improving Teacher Quality Grants Program, Missouri Department of Higher Education
2013-2016; Content expert consultant for the Biology Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
2009-present; Reader and judge for the Virginia Academy of Science

Research/Areas of Interest

Chronic inflammation underlies pathologies as seemingly diverse as cancer, allergy, and a festering wound.  My research focuses on discovering the dysfuncitonal molecular signals and circuitry causing cells to become bad actors, and why some people are more prone to these problems than others.  In the lab we do this by examining signal transduction in cells differentiated from adult stem cells, particulary mast cells, macrophages, immature myeloid cells, and different populations of mesenchymal stem cells. We also use in vivo modeling to observe the consequences of targeting certain pathways in inflammatory diseases.  Our ultimate goals are to better understand the diversity of innate and adaptive immune responses, and contribute knowledge to more individually tailorable approaches for treatment.  Current specific areas of interest include:

Publications/Creative Works

Honors and Awards

2018-2020; UNC Sponsored Research Fellow
2016; Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grant (Seattle, WA), American Association of Immunologists
2015; Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, WWU
2015; AAI Undergraduate Science Faculty Program (Long Beach, CA), American Association of Immunologists
2014; Undergraduate Faculty Travel Grant (Pittsburgh, PA), American Association of Immunologists
2013; Clark Cox Distinguished Professor of Science, chair endowed by the Kresge Foundation, WWU
2010; IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIGMS, VCU
2008; Jack Denning Burke Award for Excellence in Cell Biology Research, VCU
2007; A.D. Williams Fellowship, VCU