MBA, Midway University
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
PhD, University of Kentucky
BS, University of Kentucky
• Epidemiology and molecular etiology of lung cancer
• Research administration
• Technology transfer and entrepreneurship
• Science pedagogy and career development
Vanderford NL, Hudson L and Prichard C. The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia: Kentucky Students Take ACTION. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2020 (April 7). Print ISBN: 9781950690039.
Evans TM, Lundsteen N, and Vanderford NL. ReSearch: A Career Guide for Scientists. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press (Elsevier), 2017 (June 1). Print ISBN: 9780128042977
Norman-Burgdolf HL, DeWitt E, Vanderford NL and Plasencia J. Communication of Professional Readiness in Dietetics and Human Nutrition Undergraduates: A Pilot Study. North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. 64: 58-65, 2020.
Layton RL, Solberg VSH, Jahangir AE, Hall JD, Ponder CA, Micoli KA and Vanderford NL. Career Planning Courses Increase Career Readiness of Graduate and Postdoctoral Trainees. F1000Research. 9: 1230, 2020.
Hudson L, Prichard C, Weiss LT, and Vanderford NL. Evidence for Cancer Literacy Knowledge Retention Among Kentucky Middle and High School Students After a Brief Educational Intervention. Southern Medical Journal. 113(11): 541-548, 2020.
Dries DR and Vanderford NL. Well-being in the Workplace. ASBMB Today. 19(1): 25-27, 2020.
Vanderford NL. The Transformative Power of Teaching and Learning. Academic Medicine. 95(1): 144, 2020.
Evans TM, Bira L, and Vanderford NL. Mental Health in the Academy: An Invisible Crisis. Physiology News. 115: 32-35, 2019.
Evans TM, Bira L, and Vanderford NL. Reply to “A Lack of Evidence for Six Times More Anxiety and Depression in US Graduate Students than in the General Population.” Nature Biotechnology. 37(7): 712-713, 2019.
Vanderford NL, Taylor J and Zink HR. Celebrating 50 Years of Research Administration Scholarship. Journal of Research Administration. 50(1): 7-10, 2019.
Evans TM and Vanderford NL. Leadership with a Focus on Wellness. ASBMB Today. 18(1): 31-33, 2019.
Lopez AM, Hudson L, Vanderford NL, Vanderpool R, Griggs J, and Schonberg M. Epidemiology and Implementation of Cancer Prevention in Disparate Populations and Settings. ASCO Educational Book. 39: 50-60, 2019.
Noel L, Phillips F, Tossas-Milligan K, Spear K, Vanderford NL, Winn RA, Vanderpool RC, and Eckhardt SG. Community-Academic Partnerships: Approaches to Engagement. ASCO Educational Book. 39: 88-95, 2019.
Christian WJ, Vanderford NL, McDowell J, Huang B, Durbin EB, Absher KJ, Walker CJ and Arnold SM. Spatiotemporal Analysis of Lung Cancer Histological Types in Kentucky, 1995-2014. Cancer Control. 26(1): 1-8, 2019.
Liu J, Murali T, Yu T, Liu C, Sivakumaran TA, Moseley HNB, Zhulin IB, Weiss HL, Durbin EB, Ellingson SR, Liu J, Huang B, Hallahan BJ, Horbinski CM, Hodges K, Napier DL, Bocklage T, Mueller J, Vanderford NL, Fardo DW, Wang C and Arnold SM. Characterization of Squamous Cell Lung Cancers from Appalachian Kentucky. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 28(2): 348-356, 2019.
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, 2018.
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, 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. 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, 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. 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.
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.