Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies announce joint research appointment

Mark Nichols, Ph.D.

The UMKC School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Health Studies are pleased to announce the joint appointment of Mark Nichols, Ph.D. Dr. Nichols will serve as the associate dean of research for the School of Nursing and Health Studies and will serve as an associate research professor in the Department of Basic Medical Science at the medical school.

Dr. Nichols has served as scientist administrator in the Office of Research for the six health sciences schools at the University of Pittsburgh.

Before joining the Office of Research, Dr. Nichols worked at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  His research laboratory focused on the study of steroid hormone receptors to identify therapies for breast and other estrogen-responsive cancers.

After completing his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of California-Berkeley, Dr. Nichols received his doctorate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in RNA polymerase II transcription at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. He served as a visiting research associate in the gene expression program at the European Molecular Biology Lab, also in Heidelberg.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Nichols to the faculty of the UMKC School of Medicine,” said Steven Kanter, M.D., dean of the medical school. “His background and expertise align well with our school’s mission and goals and he has much to offer to our students, residents and faculty.”

Said Ann Cary, dean of the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies: “Dr. Nichols brings an impressive portfolio as a researcher and a mentor. He will contribute as a strategist to our scholarship endeavors to accelerate our programs of scholarship and interprofessional collaboration in our school. We welcome him and his family to Kansas City.”

Dr. Nichols will begin work at UMKC in late summer.