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Nicole Lynn McDaniels holds a B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology from the University at Buffalo. She completed her Ph.D. in biology and earned a Certificate in University Teaching at Syracuse University. Her research focused on elucidating the roles of a chromatin remodeler in zebrafish development with implications for human disease. Nicole is passionate about helping her students succeed. She is interested in promoting and leading discussions related to biology, especially genetics, using engaging, sensitive, and inclusive conversations.

Recent Courses Taught

Human Anatomy
Lab for Explorations of Bio
Cellular Neurobiology Lab
Microbiology Lab
Explorations in Biology: Reproducing Life


Genesis Group Striving for Success Young Professional Award
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service 
Herkimer County Conservation Educator of the Year
Who’s Who in North American Education
Syracuse University Certificate in University Teaching
Personal Genetics Education Project Certificate in Discussing Genetics 
Christopher White Award for combined excellence in scholarship and outstanding contributions to the community

Select Publications

  • Jacobs-McDaniels, NL, Albertson, RC, Maine, EM and Wiles, JR. 2012. Using model organisms in an undergraduate laboratory to link genotype, phenotype, and the environment. The Journal of Biological Education. DOI:10.1080/00219266.2012.727847
  • Dotger, S, Barry, D, Wiles, JR, Benevento, E, Brzozowski, F, Hurtado, JL, Jacobs N, Royse, E, Ruppel, R, Sen, D, Snyder, J, Stokes, R, and Wisner, E. 2012. Developing graduate students’ knowledge of Hardy Weinberg equilibrium through lesson study. Journal of College Science Teaching. 42(1): 40-44.
  • Patten, SA*, Jacobs-McDaniels, NL*, Zaouter, C, Drapeau, P, Albertson RC and Moldovan F. 2012. Role of CHD7 in zebrafish: A model for CHARGE Syndrome. PloS One. 7(2): e31650. * These authors contributed equally to this work
  • Jacobs-McDaniels, NL and Albertson, RC. 2011. Chd7 plays a critical role in controlling left-right symmetry during zebrafish somitogenesis. Developmental Dynamics. 240(10): 2272-2280.
  • Jacobs, NL, Albertson, RC and Wiles, JR. 2011. Using Whole Mount in situ Hybridization to Link Molecular and Organismal Biology. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 49. http://www.jove.com/details.stp?id=2533 doi: 10.3791/2533.

Professional Affiliations

National Association for Research in Science Teaching
Association of College and University Biology Educators

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Syracuse University
B.S., SUNY University at Buffalo

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