Derek Nichols

Postdoctoral Scholar Research, College Of Medicine Molecular Medicine

College Of Medicine Molecular Medicine

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  • PhD, Medical Sciences, University Of South Florida, 2014
  • M.S., Medical Sciences/Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, 2009
  • B.S., Biology, University of South Florida, 2002

Research Interests

  • Using structure-based drug design which includes molecular docking, ultra-high resolution xray crystallography, and chemical synthesis to analyze serine beta lactamases in order to design and discover novel inhibitors.


  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (USF Chapter Member, 2011 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Nichols, DA.Jaishankar, P.Larson, W.Smith, E.Liu, G.Beyrouthy, R.Bonnet, R.Renslo, AR.Chen, Y. Structure-Based Design of Potent and Ligand-Efficient Inhibitors of CTX-M Class A β-Lactamase. Journal of medicinal chemistry. 55(5) : 2163-72, 2012.


  • Poster Presentation Award (2012 CDDI Symposium - 2012)
  • Academic and Research Excellence Award (USF Health - 2011)