Dr. Joan Nichols – Founder

  • Dr. Joan Nichols - Riddle InstituteCo-director of the University of Texas Medical Branch Laboratory of Regenerative and Nano-medicine
  • Associate Director of Research and Operations for the Galveston National Biocontainment Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
  • Associate Professor of the Departments of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology & Immunology at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
  • Ph. D. in Microbiology and Immunology
  • M. A. in Cell Biology
  • Recipient of R&D magazine’s Top 100 Inventions in 2007 for research work developing an artificial immune system/artificial human bone marrow analog
  • 20 years of experience in histology of human disease and experimental animal models of infectious and toxicological diseases especially those that relate to lung function
    • – Extensive expertise in the isolation and characterization of adult stem cell populations from animal and human tissues
      including bone marrow and the lung
    • – Experience 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
    • – Recent publication highlights the use of acellular whole lung scaffolds to produce lung tissue