Associate Professor Nicole Bell received her PhD in 2001 from the University of Melbourne. She subsequently held a postdoctoral appointment within the NASA/Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, USA from 2001-2004, followed by a prestigious Sherman Fairchild Prize Fellowship within the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology from 2004–2006, before returning to permanent position at the University of Melbourne in 2007.
A/Prof Bell’s research lies at the interface of particle physics with astrophysics and cosmology, with particular emphasis on dark matter, matter-antimatter asymmetries, and neutrino physics. She has received numerous grants and fellowships to undertake research in particle and astroparticle physics. Most recently, she was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for work that draws on new experimental data at the cosmic and energy frontiers, with a particular focus on dark matter and the cosmological matter-antimatter asymmetry.