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Nikolett Biel, Ph.D.

Nikolett (Niki) is a Ph.D. with a background in oncology, hypertension, vascular biology, translational sciences and preclinical drug evaluation. She is currently a bench scientist in a pharmaceutical setting where she works on oncology drug target development.

Besides science at the bench, Niki is passionate about patient advocacy and taking part in fund raising activities for various diseases. She has also taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students both in class and the laboratory.

Niki believes that anything is possible with perseverance. Positivity, focus, hard work and patience will get you anywhere you want to be.

Professional Background:

Niki completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology at Gettysburg College, a small liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She worked as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida Department of Pathology, where she was an instrumental leader in the basic research initiative to combine pharmacogenomics and induced pluripotent stem cell technology to pursue precision medicine in hypertension.

To pursue her passion for oncology and drug discovery for the advancement of patient care, she joined Otsuka Maryland Medicinal Laboratories, Inc. (Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals) where she works in research and development of new oncology drug targets.

Special Skills:

Academia to industry transitioning
Audience directed scientific presentations
Scientific writing and editing
Grant writing
Translating science to general public
Mentoring young scientists
Networking
Fundraising

“It is essential to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones, no matter how scary or awkward it may feel at first. Never turn down a challenge, it is a way to learn, grow and develop new skills that will benefit you both in your professional and personal life.”

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