Nicole McDaniels is an Associate Professor of Biology at Herkimer College in Herkimer, New York. She received her B.S. in Biological Science with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. She completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. As a part of her dissertation, Nicole studied zebrafish development, specifically the role of a chromatin remodeler, Chd7, and its implications in human diseases, concentrating on spinal deformity and CHARGE Syndrome. Nicole has several peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals focused on both zebrafish development and pedagogical techniques used in the undergraduate biology classroom. She has presented at the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities biannual meeting and at the Syracuse University Future Professoriate Program annual conference. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Nicole lives in Utica, New York, with her husband, Shaun, her son, Evan, and her cat, Maizy.