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Niki Spahich, PhD

Niki earned her PhD in genetics and genomics from Duke University, where she studied Haemophilus influenzae membrane proteins that contribute to respiratory infections. She later explored Staphylococcus aureus metabolism during her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Niki joined The Scientist's Creative Services team in June 2019 and is currently a senior science editor and team lead.

Articles by Niki Spahich, PhD
Bacteriologist Melinda Grosser holds the book <em >House of Mirth&nbsp;</em>by Edith Wharton and an agar art plate that recreates the book cover.
Where Books Meet Bacteria
Niki Spahich, PhD | Apr 9, 2024 | 4 min read
Melinda Grosser combines her love of reading and microbiology in her unique Instagram account.
Colorful assortment of genes in a glass jar and hands entering the picture presenting different numerical guesses.
How Many Genes Are in the Human Genome?
Danielle Gerhard, PhD and Niki Spahich, PhD | Apr 1, 2024 | 2 min read
Twenty-one years after the Human Genome Project, scientists still debate how many genes humans have.
Lenses of a fluorescent microscope illuminate a sample on a microscope slide.
A Colorful Approach to Tracking Cellular Cargo
Niki Spahich, PhD | Mar 29, 2024 | 4 min read
Through immunofluorescence microscopy, a rainbow of stains shows Amy Engevik where proteins go in health and disease states.
Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Brain Organoids 
Niki Spahich, PhD | Feb 18, 2024 | 5 min read
Paola Arlotta seeks to understand the complex symphony of brain development in vitro by using organoid models.
Advanced Spatial Tools Map Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niches
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jan 15, 2024 | 4 min read
New technologies and archival tissue biopsy samples enable exploration of changes in the bone marrow as people age.
The Evolution of Bats’ Super Immunity
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jan 10, 2024 | 4 min read
Researchers generated complete genomes of two important bat species and explored their immune- and cancer-related genes.
How Flour Type Affects Sourdough Starters  
Niki Spahich, PhD | Dec 1, 2023 | 4 min read
By studying various sourdough starters and sequencing their microbial menageries, researchers generated useful information for people wanting to experiment in their kitchens and classrooms.
A microRNA Family Drives the T Cell Response in Cancer
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 11, 2023 | 4 min read
When their in vitro and in vivo results conflicted, researchers took a deep dive into microRNAs’ influence on T cell memory formation.
Mega Multiplexing for Exploring Diseased Tissues
Niki Spahich, PhD | Oct 16, 2023 | 4 min read
Researchers at KU Leuven specialize in performing a multiplex immunohistochemistry method that uses conventional antibodies and pathologist-driven data analysis.
A light gray mouse against an orange background listens to tiny headphones
Journey to the Center of the Ear
Niki Spahich, PhD | Aug 28, 2023 | 5 min read
An aqueduct connecting the brain to the ear may make gene therapy for hearing loss less invasive.