Dr. Nicole (Nikki) Mathewson grew up in Merrimack, New Hampshire. In 2017, she graduated from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, with a BS in Medical Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Nikki earned her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Utah in 2022. Her PhD work focused on developing bioanalytical methods to sequence the guanine oxidation product 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine in RNA. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, playing volleyball, and traveling. She is thrilled to be staying in Salt Lake City and is excited to continue exploring the beautiful state of Utah.