Primary Department Affiliation: Neurology
Primary Research Area: Neurodegeneration and Neurodegenerative Disorders
Dr. Nicholas is originally from Pennsylvania and received his B.S. degree in 1982 from the University of Scranton. He then received his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Galveston in 1987, and his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1990. After medical school, Dr. Nicholas spent two years completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience with Dr. Tomas Hökfelt at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1992, he returned to the United States and in 1996 concluded his neurology residency and became Assistant Professor of Neurology at UAB. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and presently holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neurobiology and Physiology/Biophysics. He also serves as Assistant Director of Neurology at the Birmingham VA Medical Center, was Co-Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center at UAB and Director of the UAB Parkinson Disease Research Laboratory from 1997-2005. In 2006, Dr. Nicholas was given research appointments in the Civitan International Research Center and UAB's Center for Glial Biology in Medicine and Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics.