Research & Publications
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
- PhDUniversity of Melbourne (2018)
- MScUniversity of Melbourne, Genetics (2012)
- BScUniversity of Melbourne & University of Edinburgh, Genetics (2010)
Honors & Recognition
|Excellence in Mitochondrial Research Award||Mito Foundation||2020|
|CJ Martin Early Career Fellowship||Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)||2019|
|AAA Qantas Scholar||American Australian Association||2019|
|AMREP Research Prize||2018|
|AMDF Advocacy Award||Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation||2016|
|New Investigator Award||Human Genetics Society of Australasia||2016|
|Australian Postgraduate Award||University of Melbourne||2013|
|Master of Science National Scholarship||University of Melbourne||2011|