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Nicole Dvorak

MSc in Engineering


DPhil Student

Biotechnologist with a passion for Sports and Regenerative Medicine

Background
Nicole studied Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the IMC FH Krems, Austria, where she graduated with distinction. During her studies Nicole was Study Representative for Life Sciences, Head of International Affairs in the Austrian Students’ Union and President of ESN Krems.

For her Bachelor Thesis, she spent a semester at UC San Francisco, working on biomarker detection to predict kidney transplant rejection. During her Masters she did an applied research semester at the Queensland University of Technology, working on the Design and Fabrication of a biodegradable Scaffold to support periodontal cell growth.

The will to combine her two passions; Sports and Regenerative Medicine, lead her to do a DPhil in Musculoskeletal Sciences.

Her current project consists in developing a novel tissue culture chamber that can mimic the native mechanical environment and forces acting on human cells. Supported by advanced robotic systems it can replicate the human musculoskeletal structures and motions.

Nicole is funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

Committees
Nicole currently holds a position in the NDORMS Student Committee, and the MSD Graduate Joint Consultative Committee.
Nicole is also aprt of the departmental Equality and Diversity Team.

Peer Support
You can contact Nicole directly if you want to speak to her in her Peer Support role. Apart from the general themes she is part of the newly formed Disability and Diversity Peers.

In her spare time, she engages in various sports, dances West Coast Swing, rows and captains the women of St. Anne’s College Boat Club.