Michael Nichols, Ph.D.
Dr. Nichols is a classically trained psychologist and pharmacologist with an expertise in neuropsychopharmacology. He earned his master’s degree in psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992, where he studied the links between brain biochemistry and behavior in alcoholism and addiction with Dr. Larry Reid. He continued his studies, earning a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Arizona College of Medicine investigating opiates and pain in 1997 with Dr. Frank Porreca. Dr. Nichols went on to post-doctoral research in chronic pain at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry with Dr. Pat Mantyh. His extensive publications list includes peer-reviewed articles and book chapters covering neuroscience and psychopharmacology.
Dr. Nichols moved away from academics to serve as director of business development for Phylogeny, Inc. which provides cross-disciplinary gene expression assays and functional genomics support services. In 2005, Dr. Nichols left the scientific arena to be a stay at home dad raising his two children. Dr. Nichols returned to the scientific arena to support the creation and efforts of The Avielle Foundation in December, 2012 and is responsible for recruiting the original Science Advisory Board.
Classically Trained Psychologist and Pharmacologist, Expertise in Neuropsychopharmacology; TAF Co-founder