Nicholas is a Teaching Focused Academic within the First Year College, specifically working within the osteopathy program. He coordinates the two, first-year clinical skills subjects, and teaches across other subjects within the osteopathy discipline.

Nicholas is an active researcher in both education and the biomedical sciences, and is a strong advocate for student-centred approaches to learning. When not at VU, Nicholas works as a practising osteopath at his clinic in Melbourne.

Areas of expertise

  • Osteopathy
  • Clinical teaching & assessment
  • Student engagement
  • Learning styles
  • Qualitative research
  • Phototherapy research

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 1603


Refereed journal articles

Tripodi, N. (2018). First-year osteopathic students' use and perceptions of complementary video-based learning. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 30, 35-43.

Tripodi, N., Kelly, K., Husaric, M., Wospil, R., Fleischmann, M., Johnston, S., & Harkin, K. (2020). The impact of three‐dimensional printed anatomical models on first‐year student engagement in a block‐mode delivery. Anatomical Sciences Education.

Tripodi, N., Feehan, J., Husaric, M., Kiatos, D., Sidiroglou, F., Fraser, S., & Apostolopoulos, V. (2020). Good, better, best? The effects of polarization on photobiomodulation therapy. Journal of Biophotonics.

Feehan, J., Tripodi, N., Fraser, S., Mikkelsen, K., Thewlis, A., Kiatos, D., Husaric, M., & Apostolopoulos, V. (2020). Polarized light therapy: Shining a light on the mechanism underlying its immunomodulatory effects. Journal of Biophotonics, 13(3), e201960177.

Conference presentations

Tripodi, N., Husaric, M., Wospil, R. (2019). An Engaging Classroom: Anatomy with 3D Printed Models. International Conference on Information Communication Technologies in Education. Crete, Greece.

Tripodi, N., Vaughan, B., Wospil, R. (2020). Peer feedback as a strategy to foster feedback literacy in first-year allied health students. ANZAHPE 2020: Vision for learning cultures. Melbourne, Australia. 

Professional memberships

Osteopathy Australia

Osteo Sports Network

Industry experience

Co-owner and Osteopath at Competitive Sports Clinic, Melbourne