Nicole S. McKay, PhD

Instructor in Radiology

Nicole S. McKay, PhD, is an instructor in radiology wtihin the Neuroimaging Labs Research Center at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR). Her research focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms that underpin cognitive decline in preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. McKay is a 2021 McDonnell Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow, a 2021 Alzheimer’s Association Research Fellow and a 2022 Bright Focus Awardee. She earned her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Auckland.

Research Interests

Preclinical Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, biological mechanisms

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Education History


University of Auckland


2022–2024 Research Fellowship, BrightFocus
2021–2024 Research Fellowship, Alzheimer's Association
2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology