Nicole Mc Pherson

Miss Nicole Mc Pherson

Research Assistant

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr McPherson is an Early Career Research Fellow (NHMRC, Peter Doherty 2015-2019) having her PhD conferred in December 2014 (submitted in under 3 years). She currently has 19 research publications, and 1 book chapter (with a further publication under review) in both specialist and broader scientific journals which have obtained over 450 cites since 2011. Besides from her research career Dr McPherson also works in clinical IVF (since 2011) and is currently a senior Andrologist. In her short career Dr McPherson has been awarded a number of prizes including best scientific platform talk at the International Conference of Andrology in 2014 and prize scientific paper at the 2011 American Society of Reproductive Medicine conference. Dr McPherson has supervised 3 honours students and guest lectured in a number of undergraduate and post graduate programs.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow (Peter Doherty) University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2014 Post-Doctoral Research Officer University of Adelaide
    2011 Andrologist Repromed
    2009 - 2011 Research Assistant Universty of Adelaide
    2007 - 2009 Clinical Scientist Ashford Hospital
    2007 - 2007 Technical Assistant University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2007 Technical Assistant Ashford Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2014 Award Best Oral Presentation International Conference of Spermatology
    2014 Recognition David Healy New Investigator Award Annual Society for Reproductive Biology Australia
    2013 Award Student Poster Prize, Robinson Institute Research Day Robinson Research Institute Australia 500
    2013 Recognition New Investigator Award finalist Annual Society for Reproductive Biology Australia
    2012 Award Paediatrics and Reproductive Health Student Poster Prize Post Graduate Research Day, University of Adelaide Australia 500
    2011 Award Prize paper Annual American Society for Reproductive Biology Australia
    2011 Recognition Oozoa Student Award finalist Annual Society for Reproductive Biology Australia
    2010 Recognition Honours Oral Award finalist Annual Australian Society of Medical Research Australia
    2010 Recognition Student Poster Prize A Healthy Start to Life, 2nd Nutritional Genomics Symposium Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide Australia PhD (Deans Commendation)
    2009 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia First Class Honours in Health Science
    2005 - 2007 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health Science
Date Project/ No. Funding Body Amount
2015 - 2019

Sperm methylation status predicts embryo and pregnancy outcomes in male obesity (AA1088964)

NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (Peter Doherty) $309,436
2014 Male obesity changes the methylome of sperm and impairs pregnancy outcomes in humans CIA - Robinson Research Institute Innovation Seed Funding Program $20,000

Human sperm microRNAs are dyregulated by obesity and are potentially biomarkers for ART outcomes

CIC – Robinson Research Institute innovation Seed Funding Program $25,000
Date Course Title Institution
2014 Complex Midwifery and Family Centred Care lecture, ‘Interpreting a semen analysis and lifestyle factors of male sub- fertility’ Repromed
2014 - current CRBM lecture, ‘Clinical Andrology’ and ‘Lifestyle Factors and Male Fertility’ University of Adelaide
2014 HDR III workshop, ‘ART and New Technology University of Adelaide
2013 - current HDR III lecture and workshop, ‘Lifestyle Factors and Male Fertility’ University of Adelaide
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Member International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
    2011 - ongoing Member Freemason's Centre for Men's Health
    2010 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Medical Research
    2010 - ongoing Member Robinson Research Institute
    2009 - ongoing Member Society for Reproductive Biology
    2009 - ongoing Member Fertility Society of Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member Scientists in Reproductive Technology
    2009 - ongoing Member Research Centre for Reproductive Health
  • Position: Research Assistant
  • Phone: 83138187
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 8177
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Helen Mayo South, floor 2
  • Room: 2 23
  • Org Unit: Paediatrics and Reproductive Health

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