Joan Nichols, PhD,
a professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology, and associate director for research and operations for the Galveston National Laboratory, is one of 10 professors in Texas to be selected by the Minnie Steven Piper Foundation as a 2016 Piper Professor. The Piper Professor Awards were first introduced in 1958 and honor effective and dedicated professors from two- and four-year colleges and universities in Texas.
In letters of recommendation sent to the foundation, Nichols was described as a hardworking, dedicated and inspiring professor and researcher who is just as comfortable in her lab as she is in front of a classroom or speaking to members of the community. Nichols, who has been with UTMB since 1994, said she went back to graduate school for her doctoral degree because she wanted to teach and work with medical and graduate students.