Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology



   Hilary Highfield Nickols, M.D., PhD.



Assistant Professor

Dept of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology


  Contact Information



Office Location:

C-2318 MCN

Phone: 615-322-3998  

Fax: 615-343-7089

E-mail: hilary.nickols@vanderbilt.edu


 Campus Mail address:

 Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology-3rd Fl

 C-3321 MCN (2561)


US Mailing address:

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Dept of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology-3rd Fl

C-3321 MCN

Nashville, TN 37232-2561



  Research Specialty


Role of metabotropic glutamate receptors in glioma



  Clinical Research Description


I am currently working in the laboratory of Dr. P. Jeffery Conn determining the role of metabotropic glutamate receptors in glioma. I am primarily interested in mGluR3 and mGluR5. The development of negative allosteric modulators provide novel tools for the investigation and possible treatment of gliomas.



  Clinical Interests




Ocular pathology






Dhanya RP, Sidique S, Sheffler DJ, Nickols HH, Herath A, Yang L, Dahl R, Ardecky R, Semenova S, Markou A, Conn PJ, Cosford NDP. “Design and Synthesis of an Orally Active Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Subtype-2 (mGluR2) Positive Allosteric Modulator (PAM) That Decreases Cocaine Self-Administration in Rats.” J Med Chem. (in press).


Nickols HN, Chambless LB, Carson RB, Coffin C, Pearson MM, Abel TW. “Intramedullary spinal immature teratoma: Resolution of quadreiplegia following resection is a four-week-old infant.”   J of Neurosurg: Ped. 2010 6: 586.


Mason WJ, Nickols HH.  Images in Clinical Medicine.  Crystalluria from acyclovir use.  N Engl J Med. 2008 Mar 27; 358 (13): e14.


Nickols HH, Shah VN, Chazin WJ, Limbird LE. "Calmodulin interacts with the V2 vasopressin receptor: elimination of binding to the C-terminus also eliminates arginine vasopressin-stimulated elevation of intracellular calcium." Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2004 279(45): 46969.


Tan, CM‡, Nickols, HH‡, Limbird, LE.  "Appropriate polarization following pharmacological rescue of V2 vasopressin receptors encoded by X-linked nephrogenic diabetes insipidus alleles involves a conformation of the receptor that also attains mature glycosylation." Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2003 12; 278(37):35678. ( ‡ these two authors contributed equally to this work)


Wilson, MH, Highfield, HA, Limbird LE.  "The role of a conserved inter-transmembrane domain interface in regulating alpha 2a-adrenergic receptor conformational stability and cell-surface turnover." Molecular Pharmacology. 2001 59(4):929-38


Barbieri MA, Roberts RL, Gumusboga A, Highfield H, Alvarez-Dominguez C, Wells A, Stahl PD.  "Epidermal growth factor and membrane trafficking. EGF receptor activation of endocytosis requires Rab5a."  Journal of Cell Biology. 2000 151(3):539-50.