Dr Nicole Reinke is a physiologist with a strong interest in pathophysiology. Nicole’s PhD “Potassium Transport and Cellular Metabolism in the Cation Dimorphic Erythrocytes of the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)” set the basis for studies in the antioxidant benefits of nutrient supplements, cardiac reperfusion injury and diabetes mellitus.
In addition, Dr Reinke is interested in the scholarship of teaching and is working towards earning a professional doctorate in education. The focus of these studies is the implementation and evaluation of teaching techniques and tools to promote student learning in physiology and pathophysiology subjects. Nicole is currently investigating the effectiveness of 3D immersive visualisation in learning, using USC’s CAVE2TM facility.
Current research grants
|Project name||Investigator/s||Funding body||Year(s) of operation|
|Avoiding a collision with collusion||Parkinson, A., Reinke, N.B., Donkin, R., Hatje, E., and Askew, E.||USC First Year Experience Grant $4,000||2017|
|Supporting learning-centred approaches for student self-evaluation||Reinke, N.B., and Kynn, M.||USC Learning and Teaching Exploratory Grant $15,000||2017|
|Getting stuck in the cell membrane: Immersive 3D visualisations for enhanced teaching of a threshold concept in biology||Parkinson, A., Reinke, N.B., Kynn, M., and Masters, N.||USC Commissioned Learning and Teaching Grant $30,000||2015|
- ion transport in erythrocytes
- erythrocyte antioxidant and metabolic enzyme studies
- diabetes mellitus and cell biochemistry
- 3D-immersive visualisation in learning
- technology in higher education
- student transition and FYE