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Nicole J. Lake, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

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Nicole J. Lake, PhD


Nicole’s research career reflects her long-standing interest in understanding how genetic variation contributes to health and disease. She commenced her postdoctoral training in 2019 in the Department of Genetics at Yale with Monkol Lek, where she has built and applied tools to improve the discovery of genetic causes of disease and variant classification, with a focus on the mitochondrial genome. Nicole completed her Ph.D. in mitochondrial research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, where she used computational and experimental methods to discover genetic causes of mitochondrial disease. Prior to this, Nicole completed a M.Sc. (Genetics) degree at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, where she studied the genetic basis of cholesterol metabolism, identifying drug targets for cardiovascular disease. She also holds a B.Sc. majoring in Genetics from the University of Melbourne and the University of Edinburgh.

Nicole’s professional experience also includes university teaching, clinical genetic testing, media interviews, peer review, science outreach, as well as national, institutional, and departmental committee service.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Melbourne (2018)
  • MSc
    University of Melbourne, Genetics (2012)
  • BSc
    University of Melbourne & University of Edinburgh, Genetics (2010)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Excellence in Mitochondrial Research AwardMito Foundation2020
CJ Martin Early Career FellowshipAustralian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)2019
AAA Qantas ScholarAmerican Australian Association2019
AMREP Research Prize2018
AMDF Advocacy AwardAustralian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation2016
New Investigator AwardHuman Genetics Society of Australasia2016
Australian Postgraduate AwardUniversity of Melbourne2013
Master of Science National ScholarshipUniversity of Melbourne2011