After getting a degree in material science and engineering at John Hopkins University, Nikita went on to Drexel University to earn a master’s degree in forensic science. After graduation, she taught in Philadelphia for two years before moving to Seattle, where she began volunteering at Seattle Children’s Hospital and was quickly recommended for a full-time position.
As a project leader, Nikita is currently researching how tanning salons try to engage with youth on social media. This entails analyzing the Facebook pages of various salons to pinpoint the different tactics salons used in their communications. Besides research, Nikita also shares the Institute’s research with the community and is responsible for training the team’s interns.
“My relationship with my manager is one of my favorite things about working at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She’s actually more of a mentor than a manager. She values your opinion, lets you work on things that you enjoy, and definitely caters to your strengths.”
“We make a point to celebrate everyone’s successes on our team, and I think that really fosters teamwork. I really think that’s something special about our team.”