I am a principal investigator at University of Texas at Austin. I have bachelor’s degrees in Nutritional Science and Nursing from Michigan State University, and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. My goal is to better understand what makes some individuals recover better than others after head injury. My ultimate goal is to apply new knowledge to help doctors and nurses treat people with head injury, so patients recover as well as possible. To learn more about my laboratory, visit my publicly available website: https://nicoleosier.wixsite.com/osierlaboratory/ or follow @osierlaboratory on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

4 cats (Schrodinger, Duquesne, Einstein, and Franklin), 1 dog (Beau), and 1 hedgehog (Silky)

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

I have a bunch of glassware including and Klien bottle a salt jar labeled NaCl

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

Sign language and un poco de español

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

Stand up comedy

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?


10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Reading minds

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Enjoy nature and time with loved ones

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Music, hobbies, goals

15 What beverage gives you life?

Diet Coke

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?


17 What did you want to be when you grew up?


18 What drives you and keeps you going?

My mentees and the patient populations that I research

19 What got you excited in science?

Being able to ask questions and figure out the way to find the answer- it’s like a mystery

20 What excites you about science now?

Being able to collaborate across disciplines to find the best solutions

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?


22 What is a secret talent of yours?

Hula hooping

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

In a Different Voice

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Multiple projects lead to multiple successes

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?


27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Effective communication and clearly stating your boundaries will make so many situations easier

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Spend time outside doing a hobby you love

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Forensic Files

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Kits for blood sample collection

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?

I could never choose! It depends on the genre and my mood!

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Side dishes

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?

Century plants

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Mitochondrial DNA has been found to rarely be passed on from dad!

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

The laundry of people I love

39 What is your favorite sound?

The great outdoors

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

I am tenacious

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

Being named the 2019 Best Labs Nurse by the Austin American Stateman

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Weeping willow

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

My yard is henotic

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I have a ton of random hobbies (weaving, tap dancing, making paper) and I’ll try anything once

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?