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Jamie Nichols

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jamie Nichols

​Craniofacial Biology
Mail Stop 8120
12801 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-0157
Fax: 303-724-4580
Laboratory Website:


  • Postdoctoral training, University of Oregon
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara

Honors and Awards:

  • K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award
  • F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

Department Affiliations:

  • Craniofacial Biology

Research Interests:

  • Understanding how genetics and epigenetics together orchestrate cell fate choices during animal development, specifically zebrafish craniofacial development

Recent Publications:

  • Brooks EP, Nichols JT, Shifting Zebrafish Lethal Skeletal Mutant Penetrance by Progeny Testing. Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE. 2017 Sep(127).
  • Nichols JT, Bernardo Blanco-Sánchez B, Brooks EP, Parthasarathy R,  Dowd J, Subramanian A, Nachtrab G, Poss KD, Schilling TF, Kimmel CB. Ligament versus bone cell identity is regulated by mef2ca. Development. 2016 Dec 1; 143(23): 4430-40. 
  • Talbot JC, Nichols JT, Yan YL, Leonard IF, BreMiller RA, Amacher SL, Postlethwait JH, Kimmel CB. Pharyngeal morphogenesis requires fras1-itga8-dependent epithelial-mesenchymal interaction. Developmental biology. 2016 Jun 2.
  • Barske L, Askary A, Zuniga E, Balczerski B, Bump P, Nichols JT, Crump JG. Competition between Jagged-Notch and Endothelin1 Signaling Selectively Restricts Cartilage Formation in the Zebrafish Upper Face. PLoS Genetics. 2016 Apr 8;12(4):e1005967.
  • Gore AV, Athans B, Iben JR, Johnson K, Russanova V, Castranova D, Pham VN, Butler MG, Williams-Simons L, Nichols JT, Bresciani E, Feldman B, Kimmel CB, Liu PP, Weinstein BM. Epigenetic regulation of hematopoiesis by DNA methylation. eLife, 2016; 5:e11813.
  • Kimmel CB, Watson S, Couture RB, McKibben NS, Nichols JT, Richardson SE, Noakes DL. Patterns of variation and covariation in the shapes of mandibular bones of juvenile salmonids in the genus Oncorhynchus. Evolution & development, 2015; 17(5):302-14
  • DeLaurier A, Huycke TR, Nichols JT, Swartz ME, Larsen A, Walker C, Dowd J, Pan L, Moens CB, Kimmel CB. Role of mef2ca in developmental buffering of the zebrafish larval hyoid dermal skeleton. Developmental biology. 2014 Jan 15;385(2):189-99.
  • Eames BF, DeLaurier A, Ullmann B, Huycke TR, Nichols JT, Dowd J, McFadden M, Sasaki MM, Kimmel CB. FishFace: interactive atlas of zebrafish craniofacial development at cellular resolution. BMC developmental biology. 2013 May 28;13(1):1.
  • Sasaki MM, Nichols JT, Kimmel CB. edn1 and hand2 Interact in early regulation of pharyngeal arch outgrowth during zebrafish development. PLoS One. 2013 Jun 24;8(6):e67522.
  • Nichols JT, Pan L, Moens CB, Kimmel CB. barx1 represses joints and promotes cartilage in the craniofacial skeleton. Development. 2013 Jul 1;140(13):2765-75.

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