Nancy McQueen, Professor of Microbiology and Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences

Professor Nancy McQueen
College of Natural and Social Sciences
Biological Sciences
Office Location: ASCB 223K
Phone: 323 343-2052 Email:


Dr. McQueen received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the UCLA Medical School in 1986, followed by post-doctoral training in Biology at Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope. She joined the faculty at California State University, Los Angeles, as an Assistant Professor in 1989. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995, and to full Professor in 2000.

Dr. McQueen was the recipient of an Outstanding Professor Award at CSULA in 1997,  the CSU system-wide recipient of the Biotechnology Faculty Research Award in 2008, and a Cal State LA Distinguished Women's Award in  2010. She is a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the state of California, and is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Dr. McQueen served as the Chairperson of the Biology Department for seven years and has served as Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences since 2013. She continues to direct the Clinical Laboratory Scientist and Clincal Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist Training Certificate Programs offered through the College of Professional and Global Education.


Dr. McQueen teaches a wide variety of courses including General Medical Microbiology, Pathogenic Bacteriology, Virology, Hematology and Molecular Diagnostics. In addition, she provides research training to undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences.


The focus of Dr. McQueen's research is on the structure and function of Sendai virus proteins as they relate to viral pathogenesis. The long-term goal of her lab is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in viral infection. Listed below are some of her more recent publications.


Selected Publications

1999 Tashiro, M., McQueen, N. L., and Seto, J. T. Determinants of organ tropism of Sendai virus.Frontiers in Bioscience, 4:d642-645.u
1999 McQueen, N. L., and Sharp, S. B. Molecular Diagnostics - an upper division/graduate course.Biochemical Education. 27(3):145-149.
1999 Ansari, M. A., and McQueen, N. L. Expression of Sendai virus HN gene in a BHK-21 cells line.Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences. 2(4):1283-1285.
1998 Okada, H., Seto, J. T., McQueen, N. L., Klenk, H-D., Rott, R., and Tashiro, M. Determinants of pantropism in the F1-R mutant of Sendai virus: specific mutations involved are in the F and M genes. Arch. Virol. 143:2343-2352.
1996 Tashiro, M., McQueen, N. L., Seto, J. T., Klenk, H.-D., and Rott, R. Involvement of the mutated M protein in altered budding polarity of a pantropic mutant, f1-R, of Sendai virus. J. Virol. 70(9):5990-5997.
1993 Sanderson, C. M., McQueen, N. L., and Nayak, D. P. Sendai virus assembly: M protein binds to viral glycoproteins in transit through the secretory pathway. J. Virol. 67(2):651-663.
1990 Sherman MA, Szpikowska BK, Dean SA, Mathiowetz AM, McQueen NL, Mas MT. Probing the role of arginines and histidines in the catalytic function and activation of yeast 3-phosphoglycerate kinase by site-directed mutagenesis. J. Biol Chem. 265(18):10659-65.
1987 McQueen NL, Nayak DP, Stephens EB, Compans RW. Basolateral expression of a chimeric protein in which the transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains of vesicular stomatitis virus G protein have been replaced by those of the influenza virus hemagglutinin. J Biol Chem. 262(33):16233-40.
1986 McQueen NL, Nayak DP, Stephens EB, Compans RW. Polarized expression of a chimeric protein in which the transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains of the influenza virus hemagglutinin have been replaced by those of the vesicular stomatitis virus G protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1986 Dec;83(24):9318-9322
1985 Nayak DP, Davis AR, McQueen NL, Bos TJ, Jabbar MA, Sivasubramanian N, Lionelli G. Biological and immunological properties of haemagglutinin and neuraminidase expressed from cloned cDNAs in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Vaccine. 3(3 Suppl):165-71.
1984 McQueen NL, Nayak DP, Jones LV, Compans RW. Chimeric influenza virus hemagglutinin containing either the NH2 terminus or the COOH terminus of G protein of vesicular stomatitis virus is defective in transport to the cell surface. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 81(2):395-9.



bullet Post-doctoral Fellow 1989
Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope
Duarte, CA

bullet Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology 1986
University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

bullet B.S. Microbiology 1975
California State Polytechnic University
Pomona, CA