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Nicholas Pullen

Nicholas Pullen

Associate 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

2020-Present; Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado
2017-Present; Graduate Faculty, UNC
2016-2020; Assistant Professor, UNC
2013-2016; Clark Cox Professor in Science, William Woods University, Fulton, MO
2012-2016; Assistant Professor of Biology, WWU
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

Go to this page for a list of courses I teach, including latest syllabi.

Professional Affiliations:
American Association of Immunologists
Society for Leukocyte Biology
American Association for Anatomy
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Other Experience

2021-present; Editor-in-Chief, Data in Brief  (Elsevier)
2020-2023; Education Committee (Chair 2021-2023), AAI
2019-present; Editorial Board Member, Scientific Reports
2019-present; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, SLB
2018-present; Section Editor, Biochemistry and Immunology, Data in Brief
2014-present; Textbook reviewer for Macmillan, Sinauer Associates, Garland Science, and Morton Publishing Company
2014-2017; Reviewer for the Improving Teacher Quality Grants Program, Missouri Department of Higher Education
2014-2016; Biological Sciences Section Chair, Missouri Academy of Science
2013-2016; Content expert consultant for the Biology Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
2009-2018; Reader and judge for the Virginia Academy of Science

Research/Areas of Interest

                          ResearchGate         Google Scholar

Chronic inflammation underlies pathologies as seemingly diverse as cancer, allergy, and a festering wound.  My research focuses on discovering the dysfunctional 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, particularly 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.  The lab's broad areas include (1) Mast Cell Biology; (2) Inflammatory Modulation; and (3) Immune Cell Dynamics in Cancer.  Our ultimate goals are to better understand the diversity of innate and adaptive immune responses, and contribute knowledge to more individually tailored approaches for treatment.  

Current projects include:

Publications/Creative Works

Honors and Awards

2019; College of Natural and Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
2018-2020; UNC Sponsored Research Fellow
2018; Early Career Faculty Grant, American Association of Immunologists
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