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Dr Nicholas Archer

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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 Senior Research Scientist working in the Human Health programs Diagnostic Group in Health and Biosecurity (since 2021) and previously with the Sensory and Consumer Science team in Agriculture and Food (2015-21). Nicholas has broad research interests that span the breadth of his research experience, including human physiology, genetics, nutrition, precision nutrition/medicine, human phenotyping, food and consumer science.

As a research scientist at CSIRO, Nicholas has designed, led and managed many small and large-scale, multidisciplinary, human studies evaluating flavour perception, food preferences, eating behaviour, personalised nutrition, satiety, flavour release and determinants of obesity. A focus of these studies included the development of novel phenotyping methods, the collection of diverse range of clinical samples and analysis techniques (e.g. RNA-seq, real-time PCR, SNP genotyping), and the integration of digital technologies. Additionally, he has demonstrated the ability to continually develop relevant original/novel scientific ideas, led and contributed to a number of food industry based projects, developed extensive project management skills and the ability to lead diverse multi-disciplinary teams.

Other Interests

I have published two Conversation articles - check them out!.

SBS Insight episode Sensational.

Current Roles

  • Project lead for Bill and Melinda Gates foundation project
    Micronutrient and sodium reduction innovation for fortified bouillon

  • 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

  • 2021-Pres.

    Senior Research Scientist, Diagnostics
    CSIRO Health and Biosecurity

  • 2012-2015

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2015-2021

    Research Scientist, Sensory and Consumer Science
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food


  • 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)