Nicholas J. Mullen

Nicholas Mullen

Nicholas J. Mullen

PhD Candidate in IGPBS - Cancer Research

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctotal MD/PhD Fellowship (2021-2025)

The NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) offers Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowships (F30 NSRAs) to support promising doctoral candidates to perform dissertation research and training for an MD/PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NCI. Nicholas J. Mullen, an MD/PhD Scholar at UNMC, has been awarded a 4-year F30 NSRA from the NCI for his project, “Targeting pyrimidine biosynthesis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.” Recognizing that cancer cells display highly deranged cellular metabolism, including massive nucleotide production, that is critical to their malignant behaviors, Nick's research is examining the role of hyperactive pyrimidine nucleotide metabolism in promoting cancer progression. He is also investigating pharmacologic inhibitors of nucleotide synthesis as potential therapeutics for pancreatic cancer. Nick is a PhD Candidate in IGPBS – Cancer Research, pursuing his dissertation research under the mentorship of Pankaj Singh, PhD, in the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases. After completing the PhD requirements, he will complete the final two years of medical school at UNMC.