Nikita likes to say that she was raised in New Jersey but educated in Massachusetts. She is originally from a small town in northern New Jersey, and attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover as a boarding student. She was a National Merit Scholar 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 is continuing to develop her love of Boston at the Boston University School of Medicine as a recipient of a four year Dean’s Scholarship.
Nikita has been actively tutoring and mentoring since her time at Andover, 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. She was the mentorship chair of the Tufts Pre-Medical Society and serves as a NASA Student Ambassador. As an active member of her campus EMS squad, Nikita served as a teaching assistant for the Emergency Medical Technician class at Tufts for two years. She was also an intern at the Museum of Science in Boston, managing and facilitating a partnership program with the museum and a high school focusing on research and development classes for the students. The summer before starting medical school, she had the opportunity to teach Scratch programming at a summer camp in Puerto Rico.
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.