Pell received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at Oakland University in 2010. He then completed his doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Arizona State University in 2016. He was a visiting assistant professor at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before coming to Lawrence Technological University in 2019.
His research interests lie at the interface of mathematics and biology. In the broadest sense, he uses data to guide the formulation of mathematical models (usually in the form of partial, ordinary or delay differential equations) to describe, understand or predict biological phenomena arising in ecology, epidemiology and immunology. Recently, he has been modeling the within-host dynamics of plant viruses under different nutrient treatments.