|Joan Elizabeth Nichols|
|Joan Elizabeth Nichols
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Texas Medical Branch
Tel: (409) 392-0774
Joan E. Nichols Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, and Microbiology and Immunology and the Associate Director of Research for the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Nichols is a course director for both the Graduate School Microbiology and Immunology General Virology Course and the School of Medicine Pathobiology and Host Defense course for first year medical students and has been listed in Who’s Who in Medical Education. Dr. Nichols publications include original research in cell biology, virology, immunology, tissue engineering and nanobiology.
Dr. Nichols has been involved in research projects looking at the alterations in immune response of the lung after exposure to pollutants and/or respiratory and has expertise in the areas of general immunology, inflammation, disease pathogenesis, stem cell characterization/differentiation, wound healing, lung defense and respiratory pathogens. Dr. Nichols has been using adult and embryonic stem cells as well as tissue engineering techniques to produce human ex-vivo organoids/tissue constructs to use as human model systems to study disease pathogenesis and the human response to respiratory pathogens such as avian-influenza and other biosafety level 2 and 3 and 4 pathogens.
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