Texas Tech University

Nathan Collie

Associate Professor
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Cell Biology, Endocrinology, and the Nature of Science

Email: nathan.collie@ttu.edu

Phone: 1(806)834-4415

  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of California at Berkeley (1984)
  • M.A., Zoology, University of California at Berkeley (1981)
  • B.S. ( summa cum laude ), Zoology, Texas Tech University (1977)
  • Postdoctoral, Endocrinology, University of Tokyo, Ocean Research Institute (1986)
  • Postdoctoral, Physiology, UCLA School of Medicine (1991)
Nathan Collie


  • Texas Tech University Teaching Academy (Inducted 2013)
  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2008)
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa Honor societies (2006)
  • Professor of the Year, Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Medical Society, 1995)
  • Highest Ranking Graduate, Texas Tech University, 1977
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society (1975)


  • Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship (2015)
  • TTU Service Learning Faculty Fellowship (2014)
  • Smith Kline Beckman Fellowships (1986-90)
  • NIH-NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships (1984-86, 1986-87)
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (1984-85)
  • California Sea Grant College Program Traineeship (1979-1984)
  • NIH-NRSA Predoctoral Traineeship (1978-79)
  • Earl D. Camp Award (TTU Biol. Sci. Outstanding Graduate, 1978)

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Research Interests

I am interested in the most fundamental question that every biologist who loves teaching asks: How do I motivate my students to become deep, critical thinkers and experience the wonder that captures us as life-long learners in biology. The answer will require all the scientific ingenuity we can muster.  We must turn the focus onto ourselves, towards our students, and our methods to identify what works based on evidence. How we assess effective teaching is itself evolving and complex to implement.  The next challenge is to motivate one’s colleagues to invest in this exploration so that improvement comes to entire degree plans, departments, and colleges. The final component is to ensure that students from all backgrounds that we accept into our programs are valued, mentored, and retained to the best of our abilities throughout their academic journeys.

Recent Invited Talks and Selected Publications

Invited Talk

  • Kimball, M. and Collie, N.L. “Practical Strategies for Online Curricula and Pedagogy,” Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (October 9, 2014).
  • Collie, N.L. “Using Team-Based Learning to Explore the Nature of Science and Engage Students,” 10th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, Lubbock, TX (February 28, 2014)
  • Collie, N.L. "Engaging and Retaining Upper-Division STEM Undergraduates in Large Cell Biology Classrooms," Education Forum, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, New Orleans, LO (December 13, 2013)

Selected Publication 
  • Chakraborty AR, Robey RW, Luchenko VL, Zhan Z, Piekarz RL, Gillet JP, Kossenkov AV, Wilkerson J, Showe LC, Gottesman MM, Collie NL, Bates SE. MAPK pathway activation leads to Bim loss and histone deacetylase inhibitor resistance: rationale to combine romidepsin with an MEK inhibitor. Blood 2013; 121:4115-25; PMID:23532732; http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2012-08-449140.
  • Collie , N. L., J. H. Walsh,, H. C. Wong, J. E. Shively, T. D. Lee, M. Davis, and J. R. Reeve, Jr. 1994. Purification and sequence of rat oxyntomodulin. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (U.S.A.) 91: 9362-9366.
  • Collie , N.L. 1995. Hormonal regulation of intestinal nutrient absorption in vertebrates. Amer. Zool 35: 474- 482.
  • Collie , N.L., Zhu, Z., Jordan, S., and Reeve, J.R.,Jr. 1997. Oxyntomodulin stimulates intestinal glucose uptake in rats. Gastroenterology 112: 1961-1970.
  • Du Z, Cheng KH, Vaughn MW, Collie NL, Gollahon LS. 2007. Recognition and capture of breast cancer cells using an antibody-based platform in a microelectromechanical systems device. Biomed Microdevices. Vol. 9 (1), 35-42.

Department of Biological Sciences

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    Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, Box 43131 Lubbock, TX 79409
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