Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor (2014 – Current)
University of Kentucky, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology

Administrative Appointments

Director of Administration (2017 – Current)
University of Kentucky, Center for Cancer and Metabolism

Director, Appalachian Career Training in Oncology Program (2016 – Current)
University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center

Assistant Dean for Academic Development (2014 – 2018)
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Assistant Director for Research (2011 – Current)
University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center

Director of Research Communications (2010 – 2011)
University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center

Scientific Writer and Editor (2009 – 2010)
University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center

Education and Training

Master of Business Administration (2011 – 2013)
Midway University

Postdoctoral Fellow (2008 – 2009)
Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry (2003 – 2008)
University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Biotechnology (1999 – 2003)
University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture

Publications

I. Publications

Vanderford NL, Evans TM, Weiss LT, Bira L and Gastelum GB. Use and Effectiveness of the Individual Development Plan Among Postdoctoral Researchers: Findings from a Cross-sectional Study. F1000Research. 7: 1132, 2018.

Vanderford NL, Evans TM, Weiss LT, Bira L and Gastelum GB. A Cross-sectional Study of the Use and Effectiveness of the Individual Development Plan Among Doctoral Students. F1000Research. 7: 722, 2018.

Fagan J, Eddens KS, Dolly J, Vanderford NL, Weiss H and Levens JS. Assessing Research Collaborations Through Co-Authorship Network Analysis. Journal of Research Administration 49(1): 76-99, 2018.

Vanderford NL. Research Administrators Should Contribute to Improving Faculty Hiring Practices. Journal of Research Administration 49(1): 100-101, 2018.

Tsai JW, Vanderford NL and Muindi F. Optimizing the Utility of the Individual Development Plan for Trainees in the Biosciences. Nature Biotechnology. 36(6): 552-553.

Rodriguez S, Vanderford NL, Huang B, and Vanderpool R. A Social Ecological Review of Cancer Disparities in Kentucky. Southern Medical Journal. 111(4): 213-210, 2018.

Weis JW, Bashyam A, Ekchian GJ, Paisner K, and Vanderford NL. From Bench to Business: Disparities in the U.S. Technology Transfer Ecosystem. F1000Research 7:329, 2018.

Evans TM, Bira L, Gastelum GB, Weiss LT, and Vanderford NL. Evidence for a Mental Health Crisis in Graduate Education. Nature Biotechnology 36(3): 282-284, 2018.

Pravosud V, Huang B, Tucker T, and Vanderford NL. Development of Multiple Primary Cancers in Lung Cancer Patients: Appalachian Versus Non-Appalachian Populations of Kentucky. Southern Medical Journal 110(12): 775-781, 2017.

Wright CB and Vanderford NL. What Faculty Hiring Committees Want. Nature Biotechnology 35(9): 885-887, 2017.

Wright CB and Vanderford NL. Closing Kynect and Restructuring Medicaid Threaten Kentucky’s Health and Economy. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 42(4): 719-737, 2017.

Vanderford NL. Plot your Course. Nature 546(7658): 443, 2017.

Russell-Simmons HN, Anthony C, Ballard M, Coffman J, Gilbreath D, Keys TL, Story D, Rogers J, Gosky D, and Vanderford NL. Enhancing Faculty Productivity through a Centralized Communications and Project Management Infrastructure: As Case Study at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center. Journal of Research Administration. 47(2): 68-79, 2016.

Linker T and Vanderford NL. Publishing in the Journal of Research Administration: A Call to Action for all Research Administrators. Journal of Research Administration 47(1): 11-13, 2016.

Vanderford NL. Alternatives within Academia. Science 353(6297): 418, 2016.

Thompson BL and Vanderford NL. Startup Companies versus the Trademark Practices of Industrial Heavyweights. Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship 3(1): 11-13, 2016.

Norman-Burgdolf HL and Vanderford NL. Preparing Future Professionals by Enhancing Workforce Readiness. Nature Biotechnology 34(1): 111-113, 2016.

Vanderford NL and Marcinkowski E. A Case Study of the Impediments to the Commercialization of Research at the University of Kentucky. F1000Research 4: 133, 2015.

Callier V and Vanderford NL. Wanted: Information. Nature 519(7541): 121-122, 2015.

Austin SK, Fiore C, Goh SK, Schillebeeckx M, Vanderford NL, and Maricque B. Enhancing Technology Transfer on University Campuses Through Trainee-led Grassroots Efforts: A Case Study of The BALSA Group and Fourth River Solutions. Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship 2(1): 31-36, 2015.

Callier V, Greenbaum S, and Vanderford NL. The Traditional Training of PhDs Threatens the Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship Pipeline While Innovative Programs Provide Unique Recovery Opportunities. Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship 2(1): 51-58, 2015.

Callier V, Signiser RH, and Vanderford NL. The Parlous State of Academia: When Politics, Prestige and Proxies Overtake Higher Education’s Teaching Mission. Australian Universities’ Review 57(1): 13-16, 2015.

Callier V, Signiser RH, and Vanderford NL. Connecting Undergraduate Science Education with the Needs of Today’s Graduates. F1000Research 3: 279, 2014.

Callier V and Vanderford NL. PhD Trainees Should be Empowered to Leverage Dueling Priorities. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 42(6): 455-456, 2014.

Callier V and Vanderford NL. Ailing Academia Needs Culture Change. Science 345(6199): 885, 2014.

Callier V and Vanderford NL. Mission Possible: Putting Trainees at the Center of Academia’s Mission. Nature Biotechnology 32(6): 593-594, 2014.

Vanderford NL, Weiss LT, and Weiss HL. A Survey of the Barriers Associated with Academic-based Cancer Research Commercialization. PLOS ONE 8(8): e72268, 2013.

Vanderford NL. Fixing the Broken Graduate Education Experience. Nature Biotechnology 31(12): 1149, 2013.

Vanderford NL. Mentors, Be Nice. Nature Biotechnology 31(7): 659, 2013.

Vanderford NL. Broadening PhD Curricula. Nature Biotechnology 30(1): 113-114, 2012.

Vanderford NL. Broaden Undergraduate Education. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 39(4): 251-252, 2011.

Vanderford NL. Endorsing Alternative Careers for PhDs. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education 39(3): 246, 2011.

Vanderford NL. Ease Entry into an Alternative Career Field by Obtaining a Specialized Professional Degree. Nature Biotechnology 29(4): 368-369, 2011.

Vanderford NL. Regulation of β-Cell-Specific and Glucose-Dependent MafA Expression. Islets 3(1): 35-37, 2011.

Vanderford NL. The Role of MafA in Regulating Cytokine Expression in Pancreatic Beta-cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry 286(3): le1, 2011.

Vanderford NL. Defining the Regulation of IL-1β- and CHOP-Mediated β-cell Apoptosis. Islets 2(5): 334-336, 2010.

Vanderford NL. Comment on: Matsuoka et al. (2010) Regulation of MafA Expression in Pancreatic β-cells in db/db Mice with Diabetes. Diabetes 59(7); 1709-1720. Diabetes 59(9): e23, 2010.

Guo S, Vanderford NL, and Stein R. Phosphorylation within the MafA N-Terminus Regulates C-Terminal Dimerization and DNA Binding. Journal of Biological Chemistry 285(17): 12655-12661, 2010.

Ogihara T, Vanderford NL, Maier B, Stein R, and Mirmira RG. Expression and Function of Set7/9 in Pancreatic Islets. Islets 1(3): 269-272, 2009.

Guo S, Burnette R, Zhao L, Vanderford NL, Poitout V, Henderson E, Özcan S, Wadzinski BE, and Stein R. The Stability and Transactivation Potential of the Mammalian MafA Transcription Factor is Regulated by Serine 65 Phosphorylation. Journal of Biological Chemistry 284(2): 759-765, 2009.

Vanderford NL, Cantrell JEL, Popa GJ, and Özcan S. Multiple Kinases Regulate mafA Expression in the Pancreatic Beta Cell Line MIN6. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 480(2): 138-142, 2008.

Xing H, Vanderford NL, and Sarge KD. TBP/PP2A Mitotic Complex Bookmarks Genes by Preventing Condensin Action. Nature Cell Biology 10(11): 1318-1323, 2008.

Andrali SS, Sampley ML, Vanderford NL*, and Özcan S. Glucose Regulation of Insulin Gene Expression. Biochemical Journal 415(1): 1-10, 2008. *equal contribution

Vanderford NL, Andrali SS, and Özcan S. Glucose Induces MafA Expression in Pancreatic Beta Cell Lines via the Hexosamine Biosynthetic Pathway. Journal of Biological Chemistry 282(3): 1577-1584, 2007.

II. Book

Evans TM, Lundsteen N, and Vanderford NL. ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press (Elsevier), 2017 (June 1). Print ISBN: 9780128042977

III. Other Written Work

Callier V and Vanderford NL. Opinion: Hone Your Craft, Sell Your Skills. The Scientist News: Published Online, 5/12/2014.

Vanderford NL. Opinion: Encourage Alternatives III | PhD Programs Should Integrate Relevant Non-laboratory Work Experience into their Curricula. The Scientist News: Published Online, 9/28/2010.

Vanderford NL. Publishing Research Data is Essential to Science. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Published Online, 7/25/10.

Vanderford NL. Opinion: Encourage Alternatives II | We Don’t Talk Enough About How Scientists Can Excel Outside the Lab. The Scientist News: Published Online, 5/13/2010.

Vanderford NL. Opinion: Encourage Alternatives | We Don’t do Enough to Prepare the Growing Number of Scientists Who Opt Out of Bench Work. The Scientist News: Published Online, 3/17/2010.

Teaching

Course Director and Instructor (2017 – Current)
IBS 608: Preparing Science Professionals

Course Director and Faculty Sponsor (2015 – Current)
EXP 396: Experimental Education in Medicine

Course Director and Instructor (2015 – Current)
TOX 780: Preparing Science Professionals

Course Director and Instructor (2014 – Current)
GS 600: Preparing Future Professionals

Faculty Sponsor/Mentor (2015 – 2016)
HHS 395: Independent Study in Human Health Sciences

Faculty Sponsor/Mentor (2014 – 2015)
ABT 395: Independent Study in Biotechnology

Faculty Sponsor/Mentor (2014 – 2015)
ABT 301: Writing and Presentation in the Life Sciences

Teaching Assistant and Lecturer (2004 & 2006)
Biochemistry 401G: Fundamentals of Biochemistry

Service

Editor (2018 – Current)
Journal of Research Administration

Member (2018)
National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Centers in Minority Institutions (U54) Special Emphasis Study Section

Member (2017 – Current)
Education and Professional Development Committee, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Reviewer (2017)
Florida Department of Health Bankhead-Coley Cancer Research Program

Reviewer (2017)
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Limited Submission Competition for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Bridges to Baccalaureate (R25) Program

Member (2016 – Current)
National Institutes of Health, Risk, Prevention, and Health Behavior Fellowship Special Emphasis Study Section

Member (2015 – Current)
Trainees in Research Advisory Committee, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Reviewer (2015)
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program

Deputy Editor, Editorial Board Member and Reviewer (2014 – 2018)
Journal of Research Administration

Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, and Reviewer (2014 – Current)
Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship

Reviewer (2014)
Louisiana Board of Regents’ Research Competitiveness Subprogram