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Nicole Osier is an assistant professor with joint appointments in the School of Nursing (Division of Holistic Adult Health) and Dell Medical School (Department of Neurology). Additionally, Osier serves as the director of the Biobehavioral Core of St. David’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR). Osier comes to The University of Texas at Austin from the National Institutes of Health, where she completed a postdoctoral fellowship exploring genomic and protein biomarkers predictive of neurological injury and blast exposure.

A native of Michigan, Osier earned dual bachelor's degrees in nutritional science and nursing from Michigan State University. She then moved to Pennsylvania to pursue doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh on a T32 for nurses in genomics. During her doctoral program, Osier became fascinated with the brain, leading to her focusing her dissertation on brain injury recovery.

Osier’s program of research has centered on using both pre-clinical and clinical research to promote understanding the molecular and genomic underpinnings of health, disease, and injury recovery. Her current research focuses on using molecular methods to understand the pathology and symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and multiple sclerosis. Her ultimate goal is to harness this information to predict individuals at highest risk for poor outcomes and ultimately to inform precision care initiatives.

In addition to her research, Osier is passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of registered nurses, nurse scientists, clinicians and basic scientists. Beyond the classroom, Osier is committed to promoting the nursing profession and health science research community through her service efforts. She currently serves as the co-chair for the International Society of Nurses in Genetics’ Educational Products Subcommittee and is a member of the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s Awards Committee. She also reviews abstracts for numerous professional societies and manuscripts for a number of nursing, medical and basic-science journals.

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Brain Injuries Medicine & Life Sciences
Brain Concussion Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Wounds and Injuries Medicine & Life Sciences
Equipment and Supplies Medicine & Life Sciences
Traumatic Brain Injury Medicine & Life Sciences
Military Personnel Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomarkers Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2019

Best practices for obtaining genomic consent in pediatric traumatic brain injury research

Schnur, K. C., Gill, E., Guerrero, A., Osier, N. & Reuter-Rice, K., Mar 1 2019, In : Nursing research. 68, 2, p. E11-E20

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Informed Consent
Practice Guidelines
Consent Forms

Direct to consumer versus clinical genetic testing

Wysocki, K. & Osier, N., Mar 1 2019, In : Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 31, 3, p. 152-155 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genetic Testing
Direct-To-Consumer Screening and Testing

Elevated cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of N-acetylaspartate correlate with poor outcome in a pilot study of severe brain trauma

Osier, N., Ziari, M., Puccio, A. M., Poloyac, S., Okonkwo, D. O., Minnigh, M. B., Beers, S. R. & Conley, Y. P., Aug 24 2019, In : Brain Injury. 33, 10, p. 1364-1371 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cerebrospinal Fluid
Glasgow Outcome Scale
Glasgow Coma Scale
Wounds and Injuries
1 Citation (Scopus)

Gene expression differences in PTSD are uniquely related to the intrusion symptom cluster: A transcriptome-wide analysis in military service members

Rusch, H. L., Robinson, J., Yun, S., Osier, N., Martin, C., Brewin, C. R. & Gill, J. M., Aug 1 2019, In : Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. 80, p. 904-908 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gene Expression Profiling
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Gene Expression

Controlled cortical impact for modeling traumatic brain injury in animals

Osier, N. & Dixon, C. E., Jan 1 2018, Neuromethods. Humana Press Inc., p. 81-95 15 p. (Neuromethods; vol. 139).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Equipment and Supplies