Nicole Carnt is Scientia Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at The School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Optometry at UNSW in 1989 and worked in private practice for 10 years in Australia and the UK before taking a position with the Brien Holden Vision Institute, UNSW in 1999. She completed a PhD on Genetics and Epidemiology of Contact Lens Related Infection and Inflammation 2008-12 and was awarded a prestigious Australian Government NHMRC Research Fellowship in 2012 and spent the first 2.5 years at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. Currently she leads a multi-disciplined team investigating genomic, environmental and behavioral risk factors for Keratitis. She is chair of the Australian Standards Committee on Contact Lenses and an ISO Contact Lens Working Group Panelist. Nicole is passionate about patient engagement in research, healthy contact lens wear, women in STEMM and mentoring in research and Optometry.