Dr Nicholas Archer

Research Scientist

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Nicholas Archer joined CSIRO as a Post-doctoral fellow in 2012 after successfully completing his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney in human genetics and cell biology. He is currently a Research Scientist working in the Sensory, Flavour and Consumer Science team in Agriculture and Food.

Nicholas’ research at CSIRO includes:
(i) Understanding the factors (i.e. genetics and environment) influencing variability in taste perception and food preferences, and human food-body interactions,
(ii) The development of nutrigenomic products.

Additionally, his research interests include how knowledge of variation between consumers (i.e. metabolism, taste and aroma perception) may be applied to areas like the food industry and health services.

Other Interests

My interests and other information can be found here.

A recent Conversation article.

SBS Insight episode Sensational.

Current Roles

  • Deputy Testbed Leader and Workpackage Leader
    AIM Future Science Platform (Personalised food materials)

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005

    Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science
    University of Technology Sydney

  • 2006

    Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science Honours
    University of Technology Sydney

  • 2012

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Molecular Biology
    University of Technology Sydney

  • Computing for Data Analysis
    John Hopkins University (Coursera)

Professional Experiences

  • 2006-2012

    Laboratory Demonstrator
    University of Technology Sydney

  • 2012-2015

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2015

    Research Scientist


  • 2014-2015

    CAFHS Collaborative Start Up Grant ($30,000): “Whole transcriptomic analysis of taste tissue to identify preventative measures to combat obesity”.

  • 2009

    Vice Chancellors Postgraduate Travel Award ($1000)

  • 2009

    UTS Science Faculty travel award ($2000)

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-Current

    North Ryde Site Social Club

  • 2015-Current

    First Aid Officer

  • 2015

    Australasian Association for ChemoSensory Science (AACSS) - Ordinary Member