Nicole Carnt graduated from University of NSW in Optometry in 1989 and worked in private practice for 10 years before taking a position with the Brien Holden Vision Institute in 1999, where she held a variety of roles, including Principal Investigator on contact lens clinical trials. She completed a PhD on Epidemiology of Contact Lens Related Infection and Inflammation 2008-12, while working part time as a project manager at UNSW. She was awarded a NHMRC CJ Martin Biomedical Fellowship Early Career Fellowship in 2012 and spent the first 2.5 years at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, Europe’s largest tertiary eye hospital. Now back in Sydney she works with Clinical Associate Professor Andrew White and Professor Tony Cunningham at Westmead Institute for Medical Research primarily in the area of the host immune response to Herpes Simplex Keratitis. She also remains affiliated with Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London.
She has been awarded several research awards most recently in 2015 British Contact Lens Association Dallos Award Cornea and Contact Lens Association of Australia Research Award and for 2016, the American Optometric Foundation Allergan Research Award. Her current areas of research include infection, anterior eye disease infection and immunology, limbal stem cell clinical studies and patient involvement in research.