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Nicole Lake

BSc, MSc, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate

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Nicole Lake, BSc, MSc, PhD


Nicole is passionate about doing research which will improve the diagnostic rate of rare genetic diseases, and help to find elusive genetic diagnoses for patients who remain without an answer.

Nicole was awarded a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne in 2010, one year of which was completed at the University of Edinburgh, where she majored in Genetics. Subsequently Nicole completed a Master of Science (Genetics) degree, studying novel genetic regulators of HDL-cholesterol metabolism with the Genomics and Systems Biology group at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. Nicole then undertook a PhD in the Mitochondrial Research group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, on the topic of using massively parallel sequencing to determine the genetic basis of mitochondrial disease. In 2019, she commenced her postdoctoral training at Yale with Monkol Lek in the Department of Genetics, where she aims to improve our understanding of the genetic basis of rare disorders.

Her professional experience also includes university teaching, diagnostic genetic testing, media interviews, community presentations, and symposium and seminar committee roles.

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
CJ Martin Early Career FellowshipAustralian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)2019
AAA Qantas ScholarAustralian American 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