About Dr. Garneau

From an early age I loved both science and entertaining. I did stand up comedy in my 4th grade talent show, and played the lead Andrew Sister in a high school production about the 1940s. And yet, I also learned the fungi (fun-guy) joke in 6th grade, won my share of science fairs, and by my sophomore year, had declared to my folks that I was going to be a geneticist. See, dreams do come true! I’m now doing what I love most, talking science and inspiration, and making people laugh full time.

Following high school, I loved my time on the banks of the old Raritan, completing my BA in Genetics at Rutgers College. I then took off a gap year to gain a sense of self, before going full force into my PhD in microbiology at Colorado State University. This led to a business internship with CSU Ventures, volunteering for the Colorado BioScience Association, and eventually a ten-year career as the curator and chair of the Health Sciences Department at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

And now, I’m honored to be recognized as one of the top 5 most influential young professionals in Colorado, a 2020 CiviCO Governors Fellow, and a serial entrepreneur. I live with my husband and daughter in Denver, and delight in immersing myself in nature when I’m not immersed in designing and customizing presentations and trainings for my corporate and nonprofit clients.

In The News

DENVER, CO - MARCH 16: Scientist Nicole Garneau, PhD, Chair of Health Sciences Department, Curator of Human Health, looks at two different types of beer in her lab at the Museum of Nature & Science  on March 16, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Garneau, who is a national leader in her field, wants to understand why we like certain food and beer pairings but not others.  She says that the science behind flavor is fascinating especially when it comes to beer. She will be hosting over 400 people in an upcoming beer and food pairing tasting to try to get immediate results for her research. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)
TED Radio Hour Dr. Nicole Garneau

TED Radio Hour | January 19, 2017

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes?