Nikita was born and raised in New Jersey but has let herself fall in love with Massachusetts. She was a National Merit Scholar while at Phillips Academy in Andover and went on to attend Tufts University, where she majored in Biomedical Engineering and minored in education. During her summers in college, she interned at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and had the opportunity to publish multiple papers, traveling both domestically and abroad to present her research. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts, having made Dean’s List all eight semesters, and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She continued to develop her love of Boston at the Boston University School of Medicine as a recipient of a four year Dean’s Scholarship. She is now a senior resident at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics.
Nikita has been actively tutoring and mentoring since high school, where she participated in and went on to lead a program to prepare underserved local students for the secondary school application process. At Tufts, she was an executive board member of an outreach program that designed and implemented STEM curricula in Boston-area elementary schools. Nikita served as a teaching assistant for the Emergency Medical Technician class at Tufts for two years, and was an intern at the Museum of Science in Boston, managing and facilitating a partnership program between the museum and a local high school that focused on research and development classes for the students. In medical school, she created a program called PumpStart to teach hands-only CPR to local high school students. She continues to teach and mentor medical students and trainees during her residency.
Outside of academics, Nikita likes to cook, read, run, and explore new places. The most used apps on her phone are Yelp, Foodgawker, and the daily New York Times crossword puzzle.