Nikki Naim, BS

  • PhD Candidate

Nikki Naim is a PhD candidate in the University of Pittsburgh Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology graduate program. Initially trained in microbiology, Nikki received her Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at Binghamton University. Her prior research experiences coupled with an interest in gene regulation led her to work with C. elegans in the Ghazi lab. She is excited to continue her research in the molecular mechanisms underlying innate immune suppression in fertile animals.

Education & Training

  • BS, Biochemistry, Binghamton University, State University of New York, 2016

Selected Publications

Naim N, Amrit FRG, McClendon B, Yanowitz J, Ghazi A. The Molecular Tug of War Between Immunity and Fertility. Bioessays. Nov 2020.

Naim N, Ratnappan R, Amrit FR, Loose J, DelBuono N, Ghazi A. Cell Non-Autonomous Roles of NHR-49 in Promoting Longevity and Innate Immunity. Accepted to Aging Cell, May 2021.

Amrit FRG, Naim N, Ratnappan R, Loose J. . . Ghazi A. The longevity-promoting factor, TCER-1, widely represses stress resistance and innate immunity. Nature Communications. July 2019.

Academic and Research Interests

  • Small RNAs
  • Innate Mucosal Immunity
  • Fertility
  • C. elegans