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Professor Nicholas Fisk


Professor Nicholas Fisk, AM FAHMS FRCOG FRSNDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) provides strategic leadership and support to the Vice-Chancellor and President in the generation of external research income and improving UNSW’s overall research performance, and in attracting and retaining outstanding academic staff, research only staff and higher degree research students to UNSW.

Professor Nicholas Fisk assumed the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), in August 2016.  His research is in the fields of developmental biology and maternal-fetal medicine, and he is the author of more than 400 publications. He graduated MBBS from the University of Sydney, obtained his PhD from University College London and an MBA from Imperial College, London. 

He has served in leadership roles in a number of international and national organisations, including as President of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Association of Academic Health Centers International.  He is currently a Board Member of Research Australia.

Professor Fisk joined UNSW from the University of Queensland, where he was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and served on the Boards of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and the Metro North Hospital and Health Service. Prior to that, he was the inaugural Director of the University of Queensland's $70 million Centre for Clinical Research, and from 1992-2007 a professor in the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London. He was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2014. In 2020 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to tertiary education, and to maternal-fetal medicine.