David Nichols, Ph.D.
David Nichols, Ph.D., holds the Robert C. and Charlotte P.
Anderson Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology at the Purdue University
College of Pharmacy, and is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and
Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He received a B.S.
in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati in 1969, and a Ph.D. in
Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1973, followed by
postdoctoral work in pharmacology at the University of Iowa College of
Medicine. He joined Purdue as an Assistant Professor in 1974, rising
through the ranks to become Associate and then Full Professor. He was
named the 2004 Irwin Page Lecturer by the International Serotonin Club
and in 2006 received the first Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor
award from Purdue University. He has published nearly 300 scientific
articles, most of which deal with the relationship between molecular
structure and biological action. Professor Nichols is unusual in that
his research encompasses a breadth of expertise held by few others. He
has been continuously funded by the NIH for nearly three decades and has
served on numerous government review panels. He is recognized by most
scientists as one of the world’s leading authorities on the chemistry
and pharmacology of psychedelics. Recently, he has been developing in
silico-activated G protein-coupled receptor models to understand how
drugs activate their receptors.