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Nicole DeVaul Nicole DeVaul
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Office Phone: 202-994-6112
Email: Email
Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology


  • Bachelor of Science - Biology, East Carolina University, 2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, 2014


Current Active Professional Memberships
AAA (American Association of Anatomists)


Teaching Interests

In addition to her research, Dr. DeVaul teaches in the anatomical sciences, including human gross anatomy and histology. She enjoys contributing to the development of anatomical education, including devoting time to making connections between different topics. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Kirsten Brown and Dr. Rosalyn Jurjus on anatomical education research projects.


Throughout her graduate career, Dr. DeVaul studied the balance of phosphatase and kinase activity at the centrosome/basal body during development of the flagellum and ciliogenesis. Specifically, she studied the effects of a phosphatase regulator, PPP1R42, on PP1, Nek2, and AurA activity during cilia development in retinal cells and characterizing PPP1R42 in sperm under the guidance of Dr. Ann O. Sperry. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. DeVaul worked on characterizing a mutation in sas-6 to study centrosome stabilization in the C. elegans germ line under the guidance of Dr. Kevin O’Connell. She is currently continuing this project at the NIH.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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