Dr. Michelle Dickinson (MNZM) is a nanotechnologist with a passion for making science and engineering accessible for all. As founder of the social enterprise Nanogirl Labs and senior lecturer at The University of Auckland, Michelle uses her engineering background to create and communicate biomimetic based nanotech solutions. A natural introvert, Michelle has worked to overcome her fears and now communicates her thoughts around future technologies to audiences around the world.
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ABOUT Michelle

  • Senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Director of Nanogirl Labs Ltd

  • Awards include: Member of New Zealand Order of Merit, Women of Influence award, Sir Peter Blake Leadership , Prime Ministers Science Media Communication Prize, New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicators Award

  • Creates new ways for the public to interact with science through her television appearances, live Theatre Science Shows, science comedy podcast “Stupid Questions For Scientists” and science communication videos


  • “Nanogirl, Dr Michelle Dickinson is bringing science, technology and engineering to life for young people right across New Zealand. Research shows they make a decision if they will be involved in science by the age of 12 and Dickinson is keen to get to as many of them as possible in time.”

    Debbie Jamieson