Nikki began violin lessons at the age of 5 in Jinan, China. She started playing in orchestras and chamber groups in high school when her family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, she studied privately with the late Gil Lenert and played with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. Nikki attended Case Western Reserve University to study chemistry and biology, where she was a member of the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra. While working toward her Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology at U.C. Berkeley, Nikki took lessons with Eric Hansen and played with the Prometheus Symphony in Oakland, CA. Nikki is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where she is trying to figure out how to biochemically target leukemia causing proteins. Nikki lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, John, and in her free time, enjoys reading, making bread, and taking woodworking classes at the Eliot School.