Dr. Gordon L. Pullen graduated from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL in 1976 with a BS in Biology and earned a PhD in 1982 from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. His thesis research concentrated on exploring one of the possible mechanisms of genetic inheritance of high blood pressure, especially as it related to the distribution of adrenergic receptors in different parts of the brain. Following graduation, he accepted a post-doctoral position at the North Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital (now the Lovell Federal Health Care Center) where he worked for 10 years on various projects including research on diabetes, alcoholism and thyroid hormone receptors.
Currently, Dr. Pullen is the Assistant Dean for Basic Science Education in the Chicago Medical School with a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics. He joined the school full time in 1992 and now spends the majority of his time teaching and fulfilling administrative duties. His teaching responsibilities include co-directing the Step 1 medical licensing exam review course, teaching the cardiac and diuretics sections of the Medical Pharmacology course for the department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, and facilitating discussion groups and labs in various departments, as time allows. Administrative duties primarily involve oversight of the first two years of the medical school curriculum. He also spends a significant amount of time advising students as a faculty advisor for students in the Chicago Medical School.