Nicholas E. Johnson, M.D., M.Sci., FAAN

Professor and George Bliley Research Chair in Neurology, Vice-Chair for Research, Director, Center for Inherited Muscle Research (CIMR)

Nicholas E. Johnson, M.D., M.Sci., FAAN

Department: Department of Neurology

Phone: (804) 628-1624


Faculty Bio:

  • Nicholas E. Johnson, MD, MSCI, FAAN is a professor, division chief of neuromuscular, and vice chair of research in the department of neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus in inherited neuromuscular disorders. He received his undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology and psychology at the University of Arizona. He then obtained his medical degree at the University of Arizona. He completed his neurology residency and combined fellowship in neuromuscular medicine and experimental therapeutics at the University of Rochester. His laboratory is focused on identifying the pathogenesis of myotonic dystrophy, the limb girdle muscular dystrophies, and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy and identifying appropriate clinical endpoints for these conditions. Johnson conducts therapeutic trials in many other inherited nerve and muscle disorders.

Research Expertise

  • Translational laboratory focused on identifying genetic modifiers across muscular dystrophies, and developing clinical endpoints and patient reported outcomes for myotonic dystrophy, facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, and the limb girdle muscular dystrophy.  The laboratory uses cellular models to identify changes in RNA splicing in myotonic dystrophy.

Keywords & Interest Areas

  • Clinical focus on genetic nerve and muscle disorders, nerve and muscle pathology

Practice Sites

  • NOW building
    Children's Hospital of Richmond

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