Nicole has a medical degree and a PhD in public health research. Her research interests include: nutrition and lifestyle interventions for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases; impact modeling and evaluation for different intervention strategies and health policy reforms on cardiovascular disease burden; interventions looking at bridging evidencepractice gap in cardiovascular disease risk managements; and health advocacy.
Nicole was awarded a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship from the United States in 2009 and took up this fellowship at The George Institute, China for one year in July 2009. In 2010, she was awarded a NHMRC Australian-China Exchange Fellowship, which enables her to continue her work at The George Institute, China office for an additional two years. Nicole is due to leave The George Institute, China in November 2012 and continue her post-doctoral studies with The George Institute, Australia.