Nicolle Omiotek


Nicolle Omiotek joined the Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program in the fall of 2020. Prior to coming to The Ohio State University, Nicolle received an AS degree from Elgin Community College and a BS degree from Elmhurst University, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. At Elmhurst University, they researched how a bacteria gene impacted a plant's phenotype when transformed and expressed in Arabidopsis. As an undergraduate student, Nicolle completed an internship with the National Science Foundation, Chicago Botanic Garden, and served as an REU Tropical Ecology Intern at the University of Puerto Rico. They have also served as an Illinois Mycology Association and Field Museum Volunteer to inform the public on mycology and mushrooms. 


BS, Biology, Elmhurst College, 2020

AS, Honors Program, Elgin Community College, 2017

Current Status in TPS

Pre-candidacy, completing rotations

First Year Rotations

1. Dr. Jason Slot

2. Dr. Jonathan Jacobs

Grants & Awards

2020 ENGIE-Axium Incentive Recruitment Scholarship 

2020-2021 ENGIE-Axium Fellowship

2021-2023 (+ Dissertation Year) Dean's Distinguished Graduate Enrichment Fellowship

2023-2024 CFAES Environmental Graduate Research Fellowship


Omiotek, N.M. (2019). Impacts of Environmental Studies Programs on Environmental Stewardship. Proceedings of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.