Professor Dianne Nicol

University of Tasmania



I started my academic career as a scientist, receiving a PhD from Dalhousie University in Canada in 1987. I started studying law after moving to Tasmania in 1992. I was admitted as a barrister and solicitor to the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia in 1998 and spent some time in legal practice. I commenced work as an academic at the University of Tasmania in 2000 and was appointed as full Professor in 2009. My teaching focuses on primarily on the interface between technology and the law, with particular focus on intellectual property law. The broad theme of my research in the law discipline is the regulation of biotechnology and human genetics. I am particularly interested in the commercialisation of genetic knowledge and patenting of genetic inventions. I am currently the lead chief investigator on two Australian Research Council funded projects, one on patenting of biotechnology inventions, the other on the role of law in the era of personalised medicine. I have served as Deputy Dean of the Law Faculty and I am currently Associate Dean, Research. At the end of 2011 I finished a five year tenure as Chair of the University’s Animal Ethics Committee.

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