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Dr Nicholas Archer

Senior 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 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

  • 2012-2015

    OCE Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 2015-2021

    Research Scientist, Sensory and Consumer Science
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 2021-Pres.

    Research Scientist, Diagnostics
    CSIRO Health and Biosecurity


  • 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)