Dr. Nikki Seagraves

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I was born in Enid, Ok to a long line of Oklahoma “Oily’s.” I grew up working cattle, driving tractors, and stacking hay alongside my parents and brother.I graduated from Woodward High School in 2002 with plans to eventually go to medical or professional school. I attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) in of Alva  I LOVED undergrad because I could take the courses I wanted and be involved it lots of extracurricular activities. I got accepted in the SURP program at Oklahoma State University, where I got my first taste of bench research. I worked in the biochemistry department where I used the yeast 3-hybrid system to determine interactions between proteins and mRNA. I was hooked. I was so amazed that I was the only one in the world working on this project! In 2005, I moved to Ohio to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. 
After my defense I took a Post-doctoral position working on a lung inflammation model at the Research Institute at Nationwide children’s Hospital in Columbus. I started my career at UCO in August 2013. My colleagues here in the department of Biology and College of Mathematics and Science have been so supportive.  I have enjoyed working with students in the classroom and I have just started my research program. We will try to determine how heart development goes awry in the presence of a teratogen. I am looking forward to whatever the future holds Here at UCO and hopefully that will be at least 25 more years!


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