Nico Osier

Nico Osier
PhD, BSN, BS, RN Assistant Professor Director of the Biobehavioral Core of St. David’s CHPR

Office Location: NUR 3.442

Area:
Adult Health Mental Health Nursing Research Tenured/Tenure Track
Expertise:
Acute Care Curriculum & Instruction Ethics Genetics

Background and Research

Dr. Osier is an Assistant Professor and recent addition to The University of Texas at Austin faculty. They hold joint appointments in the School of Nursing (Division of Holistic Adult Health) and Dell Medical School (Department of Neurology). Dr. Osier also serves as the Director of the Biobehavioral Core of St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR).

Dr. Osier’s training background includes dual bachelor’s degrees from Michigan State University (in Nutritional Science and Nursing), a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (in Nursing with an emphasis on Molecular Genomics), and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (in Nursing with an emphasis on Protein Quantification). To-date, Dr. Osier’s program of research has centered on using both pre-clinical and clinical research to promote understanding for the molecular and genomic underpinnings of health, disease, and injury recovery. Their current research focuses on understanding the pathology associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in pediatric patients. Their ultimate goals are to harness this information to predict individuals at the highest risk for poor outcomes, to inform precision care initiatives, and to establish a biobank.

Outreach

In addition to their research, Dr. Osier is very passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of registered nurses and nurse scientists. They currently teach Genetics in Healthcare in the School of Nursing, and The Art of Science Communication for incoming students. Dr. Osier also runs The Osier Laboratory here at the Dell Medical School, made up of a team of 100+ motivated undergraduates, gap-year, and graduate students dedicated to advancing clinical science.  They really enjoy working with students outside of the classroom - both in the laboratory and on manuscripts, presentations, grants, and other professional development activities.

Additionally. Dr. Osier is committed to promoting the nursing profession and health science research community through their service efforts. They currently serve as the Co-Chair for the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG)’s Educational Products Subcommittee, and are a member of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s Awards Committee. They also review abstracts and manuscripts for a number of professional societies, nursing, medical, and basic science journals.

Awards and Recognitions

In 2017, the Michigan State University College of Nursing bestowed the Recent Graduate Achievement Award to Dr. Osier.  More recently, Dr. Osier was recognized by the Austin American Statesman in 2019 for their dedication and committment to the nursing profession.