Nicole Darling, PhD

Clinical Research Lead - Post Market Clinical Follow up at Terumo BCT in Lakewood, CO

Nikki received her B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at CU Boulder before joining the Segura lab at UCLA in 2012. Her PhD thesis involved the development of novel click-by-click preparation strategies of in situ porous hydrogels to spatially control both physical and biochemical signals. She was one of the lucky ones who got to accompany Tatiana and the lab during time abroad in Dresden, Germany – so jelly!! But she also loved lab BBQs, holiday parties, and how personal and professional life milestones were celebrated, which made lab a fun place to spend a lot of time. She offers this advice to current students: “You will constantly be learning new ‘hard’ skills, but it is the ‘soft’ skills that make this easy and are therefore more valuable when you are transitioning roles.”