Niki Thomas

B.A. Physics & Mathematics (Class of 2017)

What I am doing currently: PhD Student in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics at UCSC

Areas of Specialty: Molecular Biology, Molecular Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Astrobiology

Places I've worked learned or traveled:  
RCUH, Kilohana Math Center, NASA, and the University of California. I also studied abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea for 2 years. 

I was born in Northern California and moved around the west coast of the mainland my whole life while I lived with my Mother. I would also visit my father who lived on Kauai. I like to consider myself as being from Earth. When I was a kid, my grandfather gave me a microscope and a telescope that I adored; so I guess that's why I'm so passionate about Astrobiology! My ultimate dream is to see world peace and humanity's subsequent advancement into space.

What attracted me to UH Hilo P&A:
Honestly, I came to UH because Hawaii reminds me of my late father and I feel at home there. But it also just so happened that UH Hilo P&A has direct connections to the most influential astronomy and space science communities in the world. I saw what the department had to offer and fell in love. 

Follow thermodynamics and try to give just as much as you take. Live with Aloha no matter where you are.

Best Regards,
Niki Thomas

PhD Student
Rent Burden: 62.5% (what is this?)
Biomolecular Engineering Department
University of California at Santa Cruz

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(Updated: September, 2018)