Dr. Nichols research interests include virology, immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology.
Despite having some of the smallest genomes known, viruses use
complex means of re-structuring the host environment to allow for a
productive infection. I am interested in understanding and
characterizing virus-host interactions and viral antagonism of host
innate immune responses. Specifically, the focus of my lab is to
elucidate the mechanisms by which poxviruses antagonize antiviral
signaling pathways. By determining the viral proteins involved in
modulating these pathways, we will gain a better understanding of how
viruses regulate intracellular signaling networks and will identify
potential targets for novel antiviral strategies.
- Postdoctoral, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
- Postdoctoral, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
- Ph.D., University of Illinois
- B.A., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Francis and Harlie Clark Graduate Microbiology Research Scholarship
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