Nicholas Coley, M.D., Ph.D. Chief Resident, PGY 4

Medical School:
University of Washington School of Medicine

Personal Interests:
Cycling and weightlifting, discus fish breeding, cooking

Reason for selecting UC Davis for Residency:
Case volume and diversity of a major academic center, smaller resident class size, Northern California location.

Clinical Interests

  • Surgical pathology, specifically neuropathology
  • Molecular pathology

Research Interests

  • Sensory hair cell regeneration
  • Neural stem cells
  • Degenerative neurological disorders

CV Highlights/Brief Biography

  • B.S. Genetics, UC Davis 2004, Summa Cum Laude and Golden Key Honors Society
  • Ph.D.-University of Washington 2011, Genome Sciences
  • M.D.-University of Washington School of Medicine 2013
  • Rutch Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Dr. Coley grew up in California and participated in year-round competitive swimming and water polo with a pre-collegiate interest in biological sciences focusing on genetics. He attended UC Davis as an undergrad from 2000-2004, obtaining a BS degree in genetics with a focus on developmental genetics after developing an interest in embryology. While an undergrad, he began research in wine cultivar genetics in the laboratory of Carole Meredith, Ph.D.  He also worked in the laboratories of Mark Lewandoski, Ph.D., at the NIH, focusing on limb development, and Carol Erickson, Ph.D., at UC Davis, focusing on neural crest derivatives. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), completing his thesis work in the laboratory of David Raible, Ph.D., and focusing on the genetic regulatory networks that underlie sensory hair cell regeneration in the zebrafish lateral line system.