Nicole M. McAllister, BS

  • Graduate Student Researcher
  • Laboratory Instructor

Administrative Assistant: Colleen Kelly

Nicole McAllister joined the Department of Pediatrics in May 2016 as a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Terence Dermody. Nicole is currently a senior PhD candidate in the Dermody lab. Her research is focused on receptor and attachment factor binding of chikungunya virus, an alphavirus that causes arthritogenic disease in humans. She is interested in cellular mediators of viral infections, specifically the roles of viral receptor distribution and utilization in viral tropism and disease severity. In addition to her research, Nicole is also involved in teaching. Her teaching has focused on introductory research-based biology laboratories for early career undergraduate students, which provide authentic research experiences in the classroom to promote learning and retention in science. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Nicole completed her B.S. in biology at Gannon University and later joined the Dermody lab as a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. Following the completion of her doctorate, she is interested in pursuing a career in educational research and teaching in the STEM field at a primarily undergraduate institution.


Education & Training

  • BS, Biology, Gannon University, 2015
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, Vanderbilt University, 2016
  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh, 2016-Present
  • Certification in STEM Teaching, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-2020
  • Achievement in Pedagogy Certification, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-Present

Selected Publications

Lentscher, A.J., McCarthy, M.K., May, N.A., Davenport, B.J., Montgomery, S.A., Raghunathan, K., McAllister, N., Silva, L.A., Morrison, T.E., Dermody, T.S. (2019) Chikungunya virus replication in skeletal muscle cells is required for disease development. Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Ganger, M.T., Hiles R., Hallowell, H., Cooper, L., McAllister, N., Youngdahl, D., Alfieri, J., Ewing, S.J. (2019) A soil bacterium alters sex determination and rhizoid development in gametophytes of the fern Ceratopteris richardii. AoB PLANTS, plz012,

Brown, J., Short, S., Stencel-Baerenwald, J., Urbanek, K., Pruijssers, A., McAllister, N., Taylor, G., Aravamudhan, P., Khomandiak, S., Jabri, B., Williams, C., Dermody, T.S. (2018). Reovirusinduced apoptosis in the intestine limits establishment of enteric infection. Journal of Virology. 92(10).

Bouziat R.*, Hinterleitner R.*, Brown, J.J.*, Stencel-Baerenwald J.E., Ikizler M., Discepolo V., Meisel M., Kim S.M., Pruijssers A.J., Iskarpatyoti, J.A., Costes L.M.M., Lawrence I., Varma M., Zurenski M.A., Khomandiak S., Ernest J.D., McAllister N., Aravamudhan P., Boehme K.W., Hu F., Samsom J.N., Reinecker H.C., Kupfer S.S., Guandalini S., Semrad C., Barreiro L.B., Xavier R.J., Ng A., Dermody T.S., Jabri B. (2017). Reovirus infection breaks tolerance to dietary antigens and promotes development of celiac disease. Science. 356(6333): 44-50. PMID: 28386004

Baldridge, M.T.*, Lee, S.*, Brown, J.J., McAllister, N., Urbanek, K., Dermody, T.S., Nice, T.J., Virgin, H.W. (2017). Expression of Ifnlr1 on intestinal epithelial cells required for the antiviral effects of IFN-lambda against norovirus and reovirus. Journal of Virology. 91(7). PMID: 28077655

McAllister, N., Swigonski, A.M., Hyman, S. (2015) Gannon University Student Talent Going “Off the Hook.” Campus Activities Programming. 42-43.

* Authors contributed equally