Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Nichole currently teaches courses in Health Communication, Relational Communication, and Foundations of Communication. Her research interests include social support and health, health literacy, and spirituality/religiosity in health contexts.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Egbert, N. Daggs, J. L., & Reed, P. R. (in press). Students’ perceptions and misperceptions of the communication major: Opportunities and challenges of reputation. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration.
My research is in the general area of molecular biological physics. Often, conformational flexibility and dynamics is the key connection between the structure of a protein and its biological function. We are developing analytical and computational approaches to understand the mechanisms controlling large-scale structural changes in proteins. Examples include protein folding, allostery, and conformational changes induced from interactions with molecular surfaces.