Nicole Shultz  MS.

Lab Manager & Histology Coordinator

Nicole Shultz joined MPFI as the Histology Coordinator in the Fitzpatrick lab in June of 2016. For the last ten years, Nicole has worked at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus as a Senior Professional Research Assistant for Dr. Thomas Finger. Her research there focused on taste and smell transduction from the periphery to the central nervous system. Before joining the Fitzpatrick lab, Nicole earned her Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology with a concentration in Molecular Virology from San Diego State University where she engineered viral vectors for reporter gene expression systems. Nicole became the Fitzpatrick Lab Manager in August 2017.



BA, Jacksonville University, Biology and Chemistry 

MS, San Diego State University, Cell and Molecular Biology conc. Molecular Virology


Tizzano M, Grigereit L, Shultz N, Clary MS, Finger TE. Immunohistochemical analysis of human vallate taste buds. Chem Senses 2015 Nov; 40(9):655-60.

Frenz CT, Hansen A, Dupuis ND, Shultz N, Levinson SR, Finger TE, Dionne VE. NaV1.5 sodium channel window currents contribute to spontaneous firing in olfactory sensory neurons. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Sep 1;112(5):1091-104

Kataoka S, Baquero A, Yang D, Shultz N, Vandenbeuch A, Ravid K, Kinnamon SC, Finger TE. A2BR adenosine receptor modulates sweet taste in circumvallate taste buds.  PLoS One. 2012 ;7(1):e30032

Finger TE, Bartel DL, Shultz N, Goodson NB, Greer CA. 5HTR3A-driven GFP labels immature olfactory sensory neurons. J Comp Neurol. 2017 May 1;525(7):1743-1755.