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Nicole L. Garneau, PhD


Named one of the top five most influential young professionals in Colorado, Dr. Nicole Garneau is a scientist, entrepreneur, and keynote speaker who brings science, equity, and humor to the table. Her scientific training in genetics and microbiology led her to the Museum, where she serves as the curator and chair of the Health Sciences Department and directs the community (citizen) science projects in the Museum’s Genetics of Taste Lab. Along with colleague Tyrone Beverly, of IM’Unique, Nicole co-produced the NIH SEPA-funded documentary, The Untold Stories of STEM, to highlight how diverse people from widely different backgrounds rose above barriers to thrive in their scientific careers. In addition to her Museum work, she is a sought-after public speaker and science communicator. She has had the honor of being an invited presenter stateside at TEDxMileHigh, the Great American Beer Festival, and many scientific conferences, including the American Society for Microbiology and Experimental Biology, as well as a featured speaker abroad in Turkey, Sweden, and Mexico. Nicole is an actively publishing scientist with a communication flare and was featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour with Guy Raz. These days you can find her talking about science, invisible wounds, and equity on The Brain Scoop with Emily Graslie, People Behind the Science with Dr. Marie McNeely, in the social sphere @DocGarneau.


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