Nicole Frank began serving as Life Sciences Department Chair in 2013. She has been an instructor for Biology at CWI since 2010, specializing in General Biology, Cell Biology and Microbiology. In 2012, she was honored with the Faculty of the Year Award. Prior to coming to CWI, Nicole worked as an Associate Research Scientist for Novartis Animal Health, where she designed and developed the killed virus vaccine for the Bovine Respiratory Complex. In Idaho, she has worked as a Senior Microbiologist at the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories, where she was responsible for environmental microbiological testing, as well as serological and virology testing. Most recently she worked for St. Luke's Health System as a Research Biologist in their cardiopharmacology laboratory.
Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Idaho. After graduation, she was hired as an Associate Research Scientists for Novartis Animal Health. While at Novartis, she earned her Master of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Veterinary Microbiology from South Dakota State University. Her master's thesis was entitled "A Study of the Effect of Temperature on the Conservation of the Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Antigen During Viral Inactivation". Currently she is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology from Idaho State University-Meridian where her current project focus is the cardiotoxicity of anthracyclines and their analogs.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys making stained glass art, baking and spending time with her dogs and husband.