Nicole Frank

Department Chair, Life Sciences

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. 

Blogs by Nicole Frank

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 1:45pm
Recently, Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver ran a special segment on the nature of scientific research and how it is reported in the media. Oliver discusses the importance of not just reading the headlines of a science story, or even the article/press release, but actually looking at the nuances of a study before taking the data to heart.
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 1:30pm
College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs are excited to the latest installment of its video blog series, Science is a Verb. CWI faculty share some of their favorite experiments, as well as tips and tricks for bringing science to life. In this episode, Nicole Frank shows how you can conduct bacteria tests--like the effectiveness of hand washing--by creating your own Agar.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 2:30pm
“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” is saying that has been around for as long as we know, but let’s pause for a moment and consider what it would mean if we didn’t have access to drugs such as aspirin.  Aspirin is used to treat pain, fever, inflammation, and to treat or prevent heart attacks and strokes. (There has even been preliminary data that suggests regular aspirin use can help treat/prevent cancer [1].) Prior to the 1950s there weren’t many alternatives to aspirin.
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 12:00pm
Yesterday, the internet exploded (as it does regularly) over an infographic about what a can of coke does to the human body after consumption. The original post was created by the website Unsurprisingly, fact checking was not utilized by many parties before this post was shared and before long it was trending on Facebook and other outlets.


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