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Senior Research Scientist, Human Health, CSIRO

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.


  • –present
    Research Scientist, Sensory, Flavour and Consumer Sciences, CSIRO