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Niki Spahich, PhD

Niki Spahich 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 at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. After various teaching and science communication experiences, Niki joined The Scientist's Creative Services Team in June 2019 and is currently an associate science editor.

Articles by Niki Spahich, PhD
3-D image of a tumor
Cancer Cells Go Incognito to Cause Therapy Relapse
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jun 27, 2022
Dormant cancer cells and dysfunctional immune cells living together in a tumor niche form a therapy-resistant reservoir.
Muscle immobilization leads to atrophy
Antioxidants Put the Pep Back in One’s Step
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jun 13, 2022
Delivering antioxidants via extracellular vesicles to atrophied muscles restores them during rehabilitation.
The Scientist Speaks - To Conserve and Protect: The Quest for Universal Vaccines
Niki Spahich, PhD | May 24, 2022
Patrick Wilson discusses the challenges in designing universal vaccines and his work developing one for influenza.
LabTalk Podcast
LabTalk Podcast - Transporting Laboratories into the Future with Smart Technology
Niki Spahich, PhD | May 20, 2022
Experts discuss how smart devices change research for the better.
Meat sample in open disposable plastic cell culture dish in modern laboratory or production facility.
Removing the Animals from Lab-Grown Meat
Niki Spahich, PhD | May 9, 2022
Growing meat in a laboratory may seem like science fiction, but researchers around the world are perfecting the culture of animal muscle intended for human consumption.
Salmonella living within macrophages can survive antibiotic treatment and potentially give rise to resistance by two different mechanisms that slow or arrest their growth.
Bacteria Go Dormant to Survive Antibiotics and Restart Infections
Niki Spahich, PhD | Mar 7, 2022
In Salmonella, two seemingly similar antibiotic survival strategies result from very different molecular mechanisms.
Researchers target E. coli in the mouse gut
Modifying the Microbiome In Vivo, One Species or Gene at a Time
Niki Spahich, PhD | Feb 16, 2022
To manipulate the microbiome, researchers engineered a CRISPR delivery system that precisely targets bacteria in the mouse gut.
Molecular Farming: The Future of Pharmaceuticals
The Scientist Speaks - Molecular Farming: The Future of Pharmaceuticals
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 16, 2021
Julian Ma discusses past, present, and future uses of plant biotechnology for disease treatments.
Ancient Secrets of the Plague
The Scientist Speaks - Ancient Secrets of the Plague
Niki Spahich, PhD | Nov 10, 2021
Simon Rasmussen discusses his research tracking the origins of the plague by analyzing ancient DNA.
The Scientist Speaks - Into the Mind of Human’s Best Friend: Using fMRI to Study Canine Cognition
Niki Spahich, PhD | Jul 23, 2021
Gregory Berns discusses training dogs to undergo fMRI scans to better understand their brains.