Nikki Shirazi


Nikki is currently pursuing a major in Neuroscience and is planning to graduate from UCLA with departmental honors. She joined Dr. Ellis’ thinkSMART lab at UCLA as a freshman and is currently one of the Lead Research Assistants. She is also a research assistant in the Rissman Memory Lab where she is aiding in data collection for their study on the left ventrolateral cortex’s role in value-directed memory. On campus, Nikki volunteers at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Hospital as a wayfinder and is also a tutor for UCLA’s Organic Chemistry courses for Life Science majors.

In the future, Nikki wants to go to medical school to pursue a career as a Pediatric Neurologist. In her free time, Nikki enjoys baking, weightlifting, and playing video games.

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.

Eleanor Roosevelt