Niki Mirhosseini is a first-year student majoring in biology on her pre-medical track. She is actively involved with the Department of Biology, including working as an undergraduate teaching assistant for introductory chemistry courses (C117) and an undergraduate chemistry lab assistant aiding in the preparation of classroom chemicals and equipment for undergrad lab courses. She also shadows researchers Lohra Miller and Lauren Barnes from Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Martin F. Jarrold’s lab where she performs research using charge detection mass spectrometry for large biological molecules, such as hepatitis B virus, poliovirus, SARS-COV-2, and HIV.
Niki is the director of community involvement of Global Medical Brigades—a nonprofit organization on campus which empowers university students and young professionals nationwide to provide communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life. She also works in the COVID-19 testing center on campus to contribute towards slowing and stopping the spread of the virus. Niki enjoys volunteering in the Bloomington community during the pandemic, helping out by doing such things as picking up and delivering groceries or medication for seniors and people who are at higher risk of severe adverse effects of COVID-19. Lastly, she is involved in Indiana University Dance Marathon as a Riley D committee member with the goal of raising $1,000 individually and $220,000 as a committee for Riley Children’s hospital.